Photochemical Pinacol Rearrangement

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Journal titleJournal Of Organic Chemistry
Pages71687171; # of pages: 4
AbstractIrradiation of 9,9'-bifluorene-9,9'-diol (1) gave 9-fluorenone and spiro[9H-fluorene-9,9'(10'-H)-phenanthren]-10'-one (4), the latter arising from a pinacol rearrangement. The distribution of fluorenone and ketone 4 was solvent dependent with the latter being the major product in trifluoroethanol, a solvent known to stabilize carbocation intermediates. Laser flash photolysis of diol 1 in 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol or hexafluoro-2-propanol showed two transients absorbing at 350 and 505 nm with a weak band at 700 nm. The latter two peaks are assigned to the corresponding substituted 9-fluorenyl cation (5) formed from photoheterolysis of diol 1. Comparison of the decay kinetics between cation 5 and other 9-fluorenyl cations, the parent 9-fluorenyl and 9-phenyl-9-fluorenyl cations, showed that the decay of 5 was relatively insensitive to the nature of the solvent as compared to the latter two carbocations suggesting that unimolecular rearrangement in 5 competes with nucleophilic quenching.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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NPARC number12333669
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