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Despite the possibility of intermolecular attack at four different locations, the Bu3Sn-mediated radical cyclization of aromatic enynes is surprisingly selective. The observed reaction path originates from the least stable of the equilibrating pool of isomeric radicals produced by intermolecular Bu3Sn attack at the π-bonds of substrates. The radical pool(More)
Radical cascades terminated by β-scission of exocyclic CC bonds allow for the formation of aromatic products. Whereas β-scission is common for weaker bonds, achieving this reactivity for carbon-carbon bonds requires careful design of radical leaving groups. It has now been found that the energetic penalty for breaking a strong σ-bond can be compensated by(More)
The switch from 5-exo- to 6-endo-trig selectivity in the radical cyclization of aromatic enynes was probed via the combination of experimental and computational methods. This transformation occurs by kinetic self-sorting of the mixture of four equilibrating radicals via 5-exo-trig cyclization, followed by homoallyl (3-exo-trig/fragmentation) ring expansion(More)
A new approach to fused helicenes is reported, where varied substituents are readily incorporated in the extended aromatic frame. From the alkynyl precursor, the final helical compounds are obtained under mild conditions in a two-step process, in which the final C-C bond is formed via a photochemical cyclization/ dehydroiodination sequence. The distortion(More)
The preference for Garratt-Braverman (GB) over Myers-Saito (MS) and Schmittel (SCM) cyclizations has recently been demonstrated in sulfones capable of undergoing all three of the processes. As the GB cyclization is a self-quenching process, there is a need to change the selectivity to the non-self-quenching MS or SCM pathway so as to enhance the(More)
Bispropargyl sulfones equipped with aromatic rings of dissimilar nature were synthesized. Under basic conditions, these sulfones isomerized to the bisallenic sulfones, creating a competitive scenario between two alternate Garratt-Braverman (GB) cyclization pathways. The observed product distribution ruled out the involvement of any ionic intermediate and(More)
Chemoselective interaction of aromatic enynes with Bu3Sn radicals can be harnessed for selective cascade transformations, yielding either Sn-substituted naphthalenes or Sn-indenes. Depending on the substitution at the alkene terminus, the initial regioselective 5-exo-trig cyclizations can be intercepted at the 5-exo stage via either hydrogen atom(More)
The last missing example of the four archetypical cycloaromatizations of enediynes and enynes was discovered by combining a twisted alkene excited state with a new self-terminating path for intramolecular conversion of diradicals into closed-shell products. Photoexcitation of aromatic enynes to a twisted alkene triplet state creates a unique(More)
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