Cyclization reaction pathways of aryl-substituted arenediynes depend on the interplay between the steric interactions and electronic properties of the aryl substituents. Herein, to further probe the impact of bulky and electron rich aryl substituents on the cyclization of arenediynes, anthracenyl-substituted arenediynes (1-3) with different ortho substituents were synthesized and their thermal, photo, and radical initiated cyclization reactions were studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3155-3159
Number of pages5
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - May 28 2015


  • Anthracenyl arenediynes
  • Cyclization
  • Fulvene
  • Sterics and electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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