Alexander Wittkopp

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[reaction: see text] A combination of NMR, IR, and ab initio techniques reveals the striking structural similarities of an exemplary H-bonded complex of an N-acyloxazolidinone with an N,N'-disubstituted electron-poor thiourea and the corresponding Lewis acid complex. Although the H-bond association constant is lower than for the Lewis acid adduct,(More)
We examined the catalytic activity of substituted thioureas in a series of Diels-Alder reactions and 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions. The kinetic data reveal that the observed accelerations in the relative rates are more dependent on the thiourea substituents than on the reactants or solvent. Although the catalytic effectiveness is the strongest in(More)
The rearrangement of the cubane radical cation (1*+) was examined both experimentally (anodic as well as (photo)chemical oxidation of cubane 1 in acetonitrile) and computationally at coupled cluster, DFT, and MP2 [BCCD(T)/cc-pVDZ//B3LYP/6-31G* ZPVE as well as BCCD(T)/cc-pVDZ//MP2/6-31G* + ZPVE] levels of theory. The interconversion of the twelve C2v(More)
The present paper shows that selective radical reactions can be initiated and carried out in multiphase systems. This concept is applied to the selective functionalization of unactivated aliphatic hydrocarbons, which may be linear, branched, and (poly)cyclic, strained as well as unstrained. The phase-transfer system avoids overfunctionalization of the(More)
(M)-(-)- and (P)-(+)-Trispiro[2.0.0.2.1.1]nonanes [(M)- and (P)-3] as well as (M)-(-)- and (P)-(+)-tetraspiro[2.0.0.0.2.1.1.1]undecanes [(M)- and (P)-4]-enantiomerically pure unbranched [4]- and [5]triangulanes-have been prepared starting from racemic bicyclopropylidenecarboxylic [(1RS)-12] and exo-dispiro[2.0.2.1]heptane-1-carboxylic [(1RS,3SR)-13] acids.(More)
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