Force-Triggered Atropisomerization of a Parallel Diarylethene to Its Antiparallel Diastereomers

Xuancheng Fu, Boyu Zhu, Xiaoran Hu

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This paper describes a mechanical approach to inducing the atropisomerization of a parallel diarylethene into its antiparallel diastereomers exhibiting distinct chemical reactivity. A congested parallel diarylethene mechanophore in the (Ra,Sa)-configuration with mirror symmetry is atropisomerized to its antiparallel diastereomers with C2 symmetry under ultrasound-induced force field. The resulting stereochemistry-converted material gains symmetry-allowed reactivity toward conrotatory photocyclization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15668-15673
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 26 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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