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Ring contraction during the 6π-electrocyclisation of naphthopyran valence tautomers

Gabbutt, Christopher D., Heron, B. Mark, Kolla, Suresh B., Kilner, Colin, Coles, Simon J., Horton, Peter N. and Hursthouse, Michael B. (2008) Ring contraction during the 6π-electrocyclisation of naphthopyran valence tautomers. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 6 (17). pp. 3096-3104. ISSN 1477-0520

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The thermal and photochemical ring-opening of spiro(3H-naphtho[2,1-b]pyran-3,9′-thioxanthene-10,10-dioxide) 3 results in the facile ring-contraction to 9-(naphtho[2,1-b]furan-2-yl)-9H-thioxanthene-10,10-dioxide 6. Similar behaviour is displayed by the isomeric spiro(2H-naphtho[1,2-b]pyran-2,9′-thioxanthene-10,10-dioxide) 9 affording 9-(naphtho[1,2-b]furan-2-yl)-9H-thioxanthene-10,10-dioxide 12, though more severe reaction conditions were required. The comparative ease of this rearrangement for the isomers 3 and 9 was rationalised on the basis of the relative isomer populations of the ring-opened naphthopyrans. The rearrangement of simple mono- and bis-methylsulfonylphenyl substituted photochromic naphthopyrans 18, 20 was examined; the former failed to rearrange whereas the latter could be induced to rearrange only under prolonged UV irradiation. The photochromism of diastereoisomerically pure sulfoxides derived from the oxidation of spiro(3H-naphtho[2,1-b]pyran-3,9′-thioxanthene) 2a and spiro(2H-naphtho[1,2-b]pyran-2,9′-thioxanthene) 2b resulted in conversion to the most thermodynamically stable trans-isomer in each case.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 10:42
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:21


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