Synthesis 2000; 2000(6): 850-856
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-6285
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[4+2]Cycloaddition Reactions of o-Benzoquinones with Styrenes: A Facile Synthesis of Bicyclo[2.2.2]octenediones

Vijay Nair* , Davis Maliakal, P. M. Treesa, Nigam P. Rath, Guenter K. Eigendorf
  • *Organic Chemistry Division, Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Trivandrum-695019, India; Fax 91-4 71-49 17 12; E-mail:
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31 December 2000 (online)

o-Benzoquinones undergo facile Diels-Alder reaction with styrenes resulting in a high yield synthesis of bicyclo[2.2.2]octenediones. Rate acceleration of this reaction can be achieved by employing lithium triflate in acetonitrile.