Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The intrinsic mechanism of circumambulatory rearrangements of 5-bromo-5-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetramethoxycarbonylcyclopentadiene, 5-bromo-1,2,3,4 5-pentamethoxycarbonylcyclopentadien and 5-bromo- 1,2,3,4,5-pentaphenylcyclopentadiene due to sigmatropic shifts of bromine over the cyclopentadiene ring was proved, using the dynamic 13C and 1H NMR technique, to be governed by successive intramolecular 1,5-sigmatropic shifts. Semi-empirical AM1 and MINDO/3 calculations of reactions paths performed for fluoro-, chloro- and bromocyclopentadienes are in accord with the conclusion of a preference for a 1,5- over a 1,3-shift reaction path of halogen migration over a cyclopentadiene system. Intramolecular 1,5-sigmatropic shifts of chlorine in 5-chloro-5-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetramethoxycarbonylcyclopentadiene with the free energy barrier of ΔG298+ = 26.1 kcal mol-1 were studied using 1H NMR spectroscopy.
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