DFT Study on the Possible Intramolecular Rearrangement of Four Monocyclic Monoterpenes

Document Type: Research Article

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Key Laboratory of Crops with High Quality and Efficient Cultivation and Security Control, Yunnan Higher Education Institutions, Honghe University, Mengzi 661199, CHINA

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As the basis and preliminary work of future experimental study on PAHs formation under high temperature, theoretical computations on the intramolecular rearrangement reactions of sylvestrene (1-methyl-3-vinylcyclohexene) and 1,4-dimethyl-4-vinylcyclohexene are conducted and reveal that they may be transformed to themselves. The conversion between Dipentene and 2,4-dimethyl-4-vinylcyclohexene is also predicted. All the reactions proceed along concerted paths through a single cis-endo transition state with relatively high energy barrier (~200 kJ/mol) and presumably occur when alkenes burn. These possible Cope rearrangement reactions have some characters of stepwise Diels-Alder cycloadditions during which diene and dienophile are replaced by each other and may suggest the complexity of cyclic hydrocarbons formation.

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