Synlett 1997; 1997(8): 953-955
DOI: 10.1055/s-1997-933
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Ring-fused gem-Dibromocyclopropanes as Precursors to "Tunable" Molecular Clefts Possessing Convergent Functional Groups

Martin G. Banwell1 , Robert W. Gable2 , Richard J. Greenwood3 , John N. Lambert2 , Maureen F. Mackay3 , Justine M. Walter2
  • 1Research School of Chemistry, Institute of Advanced Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia, FAX 61-6-249-5995; E-mail [email protected]
  • 2School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
  • 3School of Chemistry, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3052, Australia
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Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)

Reaction of certain ring-fused gem-dibromocyclopropanes with methyllithium affords syn-cyclopropylidene dimers such as 2 which contain converging and potentially co-ordinating groups. Cyclofunctionalisation of the double bonds within these latter compounds allows the "angle-of-bite" between the co-ordinating groups to be "tuned" such that, under electrospray conditions in the mass spectrometer, derivative 7 forms a 1:1:1 complex with, for example, D-ribose and sodium ion.