Kaarina K Milnes

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The chemistry of silenes, germenes, disilenes and digermenes has been extensively studied over the last 35 years; however, not much is known about the mechanisms of many of the fundamental reactions of this class of compounds, including cycloadditions. This review describes the current understanding of the reaction pathways for the cycloaddition of carbonyl(More)
[reaction: see text] The reactions of (trans-2-phenylcyclopropyl)ethyne, 1a, (trans,trans-2-methoxy-3-phenylcyclopropyl)ethyne, 1b, and (trans,trans-2-methoxy-1-methyl-3-phenylcyclopropyl)ethyne, 1c, with either aqueous sulfuric acid or tris(trimethylsilyl)silane (or tributyltin hydride) and AIBN have been investigated. Protonation and addition of the silyl(More)
The rate constant for ring opening of the 1-(trans-2-phenylcyclopropyl)ethen-1-yl radical, 4, generated by photolysis of the corresponding vinyl iodide 2, is reported. The value of the rate constant was determined by the tin hydride method and was found to be (1.6+/-0.2)x10(10) s-1, one order of magnitude smaller than the rate constant for rearrangement of(More)
The addition of three newly developed mechanistic probes, (trans-2-phenylcyclopropyl)ethyne, (trans,trans-2-methoxy-3-phenylcyclopropyl)ethyne, and (trans,trans-2-methoxy-1-methyl-3-phenylcyclopropyl)ethyne, 1a-c, to a Brook silene, 2-tert-butyl-2-trimethylsiloxy-1,1-bis(trimethylsilyl)-1-silene, 10, was examined. When alkyne 1a was added to silene 10(More)
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