Posts Tagged ‘archetypal carrier’

A modern take on the pericyclic electrocyclic ring opening of cyclobutene.

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Woodward and Hoffmann published their milestone article  “Stereochemistry of Electrocyclic Reactions” in 1965. This brought maturity to the electronic theory of organic chemistry, arguably started by the proto-theory of Armstrong some 75 years earlier. Here, I take a modern look at the archetypal carrier of this insight, the ring opening of dimethylcyclobutene.