Synfacts 2012; 8(10): 1083
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1317270
Synthesis of Materials and Unnatural Products
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Use of Acetylene Gas as Dienophile in a Diels–Alder Reaction

Timothy M. Swager
Silvia V. Rocha
Fort EH, Jeffreys MS, Scott LT * Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA
Diels–Alder Cycloaddition of Acetylene Gas to a Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Region.

Chem. Commun. 2012;
48: 8102-8104
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Publication Date:
19 September 2012 (online)



The use of acetylene gas as the ­dienophile in a cycloaddition Diels–Alder reaction to the bay region of a polyaromatic hydrocarbon is reported for the first time.



The sequence of cycloaddition followed by hydrogen elimination–rearomatization utilizing acetylene might prove to be a useful tool in the preparation of larger polyaromatic hydrocarbons, such as uniform carbon nanotubes, from small hydrocarbon templates.