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J Am Chem Soc. 2005 Jan 26;127(3):933-43.

Synthesis of dicyclopenta[a,e]pentalenes via a molybdenum carbonyl mediated tandem allenic Pauson-Khand reaction and the X-ray crystal structure of a planar dicyclopenta[a,e]pentalene.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201, USA.


Two 14 pi cross-linked annulenes which belong to the family of dicyclopenta[a,e]pentalenes have been synthesized, 14 pi bis enol triflate ester 27 and the 3,7-diisopropylsilyl substituted 14 pi dicyclopenta[a,e]pentalene 30. The new allenic tandem Pauson-Khand reaction mediated by Mo(CO)(6) was employed as the key process to construct the core of the tetracycles. The two linear dicyclopenta[a,e]pentalenes 27 and 30 underwent significant electronic delocalization, perhaps even aromaticity, as revealed by the X-ray structure of 27. The tetracyclic rings in 27 assumed a flat geometry (Figure 4); the bond lengths of the tetracycle in 27 also fit well into the criteria for aromatic compounds. A comparison of the NMR and UV spectra of both 27 and 30 demonstrated that they both exhibited similar electronic properties, therefore, the purple colored 14 pi cross linked annulene 30 is planar as well as delocalized.

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