Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
-Bicyclopropylidene (3) and 1,2-dimethylenecyclobutane (7) have been irradiated in rare-gas matrices. If 1,2-dimethylenecyclobutane (7) is exposed to the light of a KrF excimer laser (λ = 248 nm), an isomeric species is produced, showing an absorption at 793.1 cm-1 (argon matrix) or 791.2 cm-1 (xenon matrix) in the IR spectrum. The back reaction can be induced with light of λ = 254 nm. This photochemical interconversion, together with the comparison between the experimental and calculated band positions, supports the assignment of the IR absorption near 790 cm-1 to tetramethyleneethane (5).
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