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[*] posted on 21-1-2005 at 08:52
diels-alder reaction question


can 2-methoxy-1,3-butadiene and 1,2-dicyanoethene undergo diels-alder, considering the partial negative charge on both the diene from the methoxy group and the cyano bits of the dienophile?
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[*] posted on 21-1-2005 at 09:20


It should. Methoxy is an electron releasing group, while cyano is an electron withdrawing group. Alder found that compounds like those tend to react well without needing much heating.

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[*] posted on 21-1-2005 at 09:33


alright, thanks
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