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dc.contributor.authorSrisiri, Warunee.
dc.creatorSrisiri, Warunee.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-31T17:59:37Z
dc.date.available2011-10-31T17:59:37Z
dc.date.issued1993en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/186133
dc.description.abstract(2+2) -Cycloaddition reactions between alkenes take place spontaneously when one alkene contains strong donors and the other strong acceptors. However, when the difference of electron-density between these nucleophilic and electrophilic partners is small, the (2+2) -cycloaddition does not take place. Lewis acids are known as catalysts for many purposes due to their capability to increase the accepting ability of an electrophile, and can be utilized as catalysts for these (2+2) -cycloadditions. In this study, it is shown that ethereal lithium perchlorate, which has recently been recognized as an astounding medium for many reactions, and zinc chloride can promote (2+2) -cycloadditions. This systematic study of the (2+2) -cycloadditions between various nucleophiles and electrophiles leads to an expansion of "The Organic Chemist's Periodic Table". When the electrophilic partner contains at least one ester at the olefinic end, the (2+2) -cycloaddition can occur in the presence of Lewis acid, instead of the reported inverse electron demand Diels-Alder reaction. The efficiency of Lewis acid catalysis to promote (2+2) -cycloadditions for olefin pairs where they normally do not occur is investigated. Weak Lewis acids are suitable for the (2+2) -cycloaddition in contrast to strong Lewis acids, which cause decomposition of the cyclobutanes. In addition, many cyclobutane derivatives containing an acidic proton at C₃ and a leaving group derived from sulfide at C₁ are synthesized. However, the aim of obtaining bicyclobutane by 1,3-elimination of these cyclobutane derivatives was not achieved. An exploratory study using zinc chloride as Lewis acid to promote the spontaneous alternating copolymerization between the weak acceptor olefin acrylonitrile and the donor olefins, p-methylstyrene, p-methoxystyrene and isobutyl vinyl ether was also performed.
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dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
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dc.subjectDissertations, Academic.en_US
dc.subjectChemistry, Organic.en_US
dc.titleLewis acid catalysis for (2+2)-cycloadditions and alternating copolymerizations.en_US
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dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.contributor.chairHall, H.K., Jr.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc715358852en_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBates, R.B.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGlass, R.S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRund, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWalker, F. Annen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9322634en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineChemistryen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
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refterms.dateFOA2018-06-25T05:25:54Z
html.description.abstract(2+2) -Cycloaddition reactions between alkenes take place spontaneously when one alkene contains strong donors and the other strong acceptors. However, when the difference of electron-density between these nucleophilic and electrophilic partners is small, the (2+2) -cycloaddition does not take place. Lewis acids are known as catalysts for many purposes due to their capability to increase the accepting ability of an electrophile, and can be utilized as catalysts for these (2+2) -cycloadditions. In this study, it is shown that ethereal lithium perchlorate, which has recently been recognized as an astounding medium for many reactions, and zinc chloride can promote (2+2) -cycloadditions. This systematic study of the (2+2) -cycloadditions between various nucleophiles and electrophiles leads to an expansion of "The Organic Chemist's Periodic Table". When the electrophilic partner contains at least one ester at the olefinic end, the (2+2) -cycloaddition can occur in the presence of Lewis acid, instead of the reported inverse electron demand Diels-Alder reaction. The efficiency of Lewis acid catalysis to promote (2+2) -cycloadditions for olefin pairs where they normally do not occur is investigated. Weak Lewis acids are suitable for the (2+2) -cycloaddition in contrast to strong Lewis acids, which cause decomposition of the cyclobutanes. In addition, many cyclobutane derivatives containing an acidic proton at C₃ and a leaving group derived from sulfide at C₁ are synthesized. However, the aim of obtaining bicyclobutane by 1,3-elimination of these cyclobutane derivatives was not achieved. An exploratory study using zinc chloride as Lewis acid to promote the spontaneous alternating copolymerization between the weak acceptor olefin acrylonitrile and the donor olefins, p-methylstyrene, p-methoxystyrene and isobutyl vinyl ether was also performed.


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