Sunday, 23 November 2014



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Methyl 6-nitro-2-norbornene-5-carboxylate

Methyl (E)-3-nitroacrylate is a reactive dienophile in the Diels-Alder reaction. With cyclopentadiene it gives the corresponding adduct, methyl 6-nitro-2-norbornene-5-carboxylate, in 43% yield in refluxing benzene9 or in quantitive yield in ether at 0°,10 as shown below. The adduct was shown by NMR analysis to consist of an 86 : 14 mixture of endo- : exo-nitro stereoisomers, which could not be separated by crystallization.10

[2-Propenoic acid, 3-nitro-, methyl ester (E)-]

1H NMR (60 MHz, CDCl3): δ 3.8 (s, 3H, OCH3), 6.95 (d, J = 14 hz, 1H, =CHNO2-), 7.55 (d, J = 14 Hz, 1H, =CHNO2): IR (CCl4): cm.−1 3100 s, 3000 m, 2950 s, 2880 m (all CH), 1720 s (C=O), 1640 ms (C=C), 1530 s and 1350 s (NO2).

  1. N. F. Blom, D. M. F. Edwards, J. S. Field, and J. P. Michael, J. Chem. Soc. Chem. Commun., 1240 (1980).

Monday, 17 November 2014

Drug Patents International

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Making Heterocycles Behave In C-H Activation


Yu and Dai’s C–H activation method overcomes traditional selectivity limitations, activating the C–H bond next door to a powerful directing group (red bonds).

Making Heterocycles Behave In C-H Activation

Organic Chemistry: Reaction overcomes traditional selectivity issues when applied to complex, druglike molecules.
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