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Questions about Diels Alder reaction

  1. Mar 24, 2007 #1
    I am doing a research on Diels Alder, and I just want to know what are some of the history and applications of Diels Alder? Thank you.
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  3. Mar 26, 2007 #2


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    Google it.

    There are many sources of the information regarding the historical background and the current applications. Try searching "diels alder" and "Woodward-Hoffmann rules". Roald Hoffmann received the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in forumuating rules that govern the reaction symmetry of the Diels-Alder type.

    Here is a review article that I found fascinating:

    Stocking, Emily M.; Williams, Robert M., "Chemistry and Biology of Biosynthetic Diels-Alder Reactions", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 3078-3115.
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