Stanger, Amnon; Ashkenazi, Nissan; Boese, Roland; Blaeser, Dieter; Stellberg, Peter:

Hexabromotricyclobutabenzene and hexabromohexaradialene: their nickel-mediated one-pot syntheses and crystal structures.

In: Chemistry--A European Journal, Jg. 3 (1997) ; Nr. 2, S. 208-211
ISSN: 0947-6539
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Chemie
The reaction of hexakis(dibromomethyl)benzene with [(Bu3P)2Ni(COD)] (COD = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) in DMF at 65-70 DegC yielded a mixt. of the title compds. The mixt. was sepd. by column chromatog. to yield hexabromotricyclobutabenzene (I) and hexabromohexaradialene (II) in 24 and 16% yields, resp. 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy suggest that was obtained as the syn-all-trans isomer I, and the sym. anti-all-trans isomer was not obtained at all. The X-ray structures of I and II are reported. The hexaradialene II has a chair conformation, and deviates from planarity by 43.6 Deg. Heat or radical impurities cause the clean transformation of I to II.