Experimental/computational study of the electrochemical oxidation of cyclooctatetraene in protic media. Solvent effects.

Abstract

[reaction: see text] Electrochemical oxidation of cyclooctatetraene (COT) in methanol affords a ring-contracted acetal in high yield. Ring contraction is only a minor process in acetic acid. Ab initio computational methods were applied to understand and explain the effect of solvent. The computations show considerable differences between the thermodynamic… (More)

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