Competing pathways in the [2+2] cycloadditions of cyclopentyne and benzyne. A DFT and ab initio study

Ozkan I. , Kinal A.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, cilt.69, sa.16, ss.5390-5394, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 69 Konu: 16
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1021/jo049542f
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.5390-5394


The [2 + 2] cycloadditions of cyclopentyne and benzyne to ethylene are explored at the B3LYP and CASSCF levels, supplemented by CCSD(T) and CAS-MP2 calculations at the stationary points. The biradical path in the benzyne system is computed to be about 4.1 kcal/mol lower than the concerted path, consistent with the experimentally observed loss of original stereochemistry in this cycloaddition. However, computations fail to confirm the 99% stereoretention in the corresponding reaction of cyclopentyne. The concerted and biradical paths in the latter reaction are found to involve nearly isoenergetic barriers, thus predicting only about 75% stereoretention. More sophisticated theoretical methods seem to be needed to resolve the issue in the cyclopentyne system.