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Timothy R. Ramadhar, Robert A. Batey. Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, 2011, 974. 76-78.
The mechanistic origins of E/Z-product selectivity differences for the synthetically important thermal ortho-aryl-Claisen [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement is resolved through a computational study. The formation of E- and Z-products has previously been proposed to occur as a result of reaction via different chair-like transition states or through chair- and boat-like transition states. Using DFT B3LYP/6-31G* calculations on a previously reported experimental system, it has been determined that differences in E/Z-product selectivities primarily arise by progression through different chair-like transition states.
Address (URL): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.comptc.2011.07.018