Tunneling and sterically induced ring puckering in a substituted [8]annulene anion radical.

Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies have revealed that the steric interaction between the methyl hydrogens on a tert-butoxy substituent and the cyclooctatetraene (COT) ring system sterically induces a puckering of the eight-membered ring in the anion radical of tert-butoxy-COT. The induced nonplanarity of the COT ring system causes a large… CONTINUE READING