Author(s): Garca JI, Mayoral JA, Salvatella L
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Abstract A revision of the most typical examples used to illustrate the existence of secondary orbital interactions (SOI) has been achieved. However, our analysis indicates that no conclusive evidence can be obtained from these cases. All five examples proposed by Woodward and Hoffmann in The Conservation of Orbital Symmetry have been revisited. A combination of well-known mechanisms (such as solvent effects, steric interactions, hydrogen bonds, electrostatic forces, and others) can be invoked instead to justify the endo/exo selectivity of Diels-Alder reactions.
This article was published in Acc Chem Res
and referenced in Journal of Theoretical and Computational Science