Both inter- and intramolecular [2+2] photocycloadditions of functionalized cyclobutenes have been explored in the Snapper laboratories. Thermolysis of the resulting strained cycloadducts allow for rapid entry into 5-8-5 ring systems commonly found in a variety of natural products. We are able to apply an intramolecular photocycloaddition followed by a thermolysis toward completing the total synthesis of Cycloaraneosene.
Fragmentation Approach toward 5-8-5 Ring Systems”
Priscilla C.-K. Lo, Marc L. Snapper Org. Lett.
2001, 3, 2819-2821.
A New Entry into Functionalized 5-8-5 Ring Systems”
Michele L. Randall, Priscilla C.-K. Lo, Peter J. Bonitatebus,
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