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Reactive Cross-Talk between Adjacent Tension-Trapped Transition States

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posted on 16.03.2011, 00:00 by Jeremy M. Lenhardt, James W. Ogle, Mitchell T. Ong, Robert Choe, Todd J. Martinez, Stephen L. Craig
Tension along a polymer chain traps neighboring s-trans/s-trans-1,3-diradicals from the mechanically induced ring opening of gem-difluorocyclopropanes (gDFCs). The diradicals correspond to the transition states of the force-free thermal isomerization reactions of gDFCs, and the tension trapping allows a new disproportionation reaction between two simultaneously trapped diradicals to take place.