Novel, intramolecular hydrogen-transfer and cyclo-addition photochemistry of cyclic 1,3-dienes

F.W.A.M. Miesen, H.C.M. Baeten, H.A. Langermans, L.H. Koole, H.A. Claessens

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With use of one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy and deuterium labelling, the photochemistry of 9-endo-hydroxy-9-exo-vinyl-bicyclo[4.2.1]nonadiene (1) and the 9-exo-(11-dimethylvinyl)- (2) and 9-exo-ethyl- (3) analogues has been studied. Irradiation of 1–3 gave novel 8-membered ring systems 4–6 by a light-induced rearrangement process, in which the hydroxyl proton is transferred on one side of the molecule toward one of the termini of the endocyclic diene. This rearrangement process thus involves a formal hydrogen transfer, during which either H+ or H• may be transferred to a reactive diene intermediate. Replacement of the hydroxyl proton by deuterium in 1–3, and 2H NMR of the corresponding photoproducts, confirmed that the hydrogen translocation occurs intramolecularly. Prolonged irradiation of 4 and 5 results in the formation of pyran products 10 and 11 by an intramolecular photocycloaddition of the triplet excited state of the a,ß-unsaturated ketone to 1,3-cis,cis-cyclooctadiene, via a stabilized bisallylic biradical intermediate. Conformational studies of the structurally more rigid system 10, which is derived from 4, revealed that the hydroxyl proton was transferred on the endo side of the molecule
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1554-1562
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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