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Unusual [2+4] and [2+2] Cycloadditions of Arenes in the Confined Cavity of Self-Assembled Cages

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posted on 2007-06-06, 00:00 authored by Yuki Nishioka, Takumi Yamaguchi, Michito Yoshizawa, Makoto Fujita
Unusual [2+4] and [2+2] cross-cycloadditions of arenes were efficiently promoted within a self-assembled coordination cage. For example, triphenylene underwent the Diels−Alder reaction with N-cyclohexylmaleimide in good yield in the confined cavity of the cage, despite its inertness under ordinary conditions. Syn-stereoselective photodimerization of pyrene and N-cyclohexylmaleimide was also carried out quantitatively within the cage. The structures of these cross adducts were confirmed by NMR and X-ray crystallographic analysis.