Throwing a curve: The first example of a through-bond stereoelectronic effect for curved aromatic compounds is described for buckybowls, that is, benzylic-substituted sumanenes. Methyl- and hydroxysumanene favor the endo-R conformer because of a difference in the strength, between the conformers, of the hyperconjugation of the benzylic C-H bond with the bowl.
- conformation analysis
- density functional calculations
- through-bond interactions
- through-space interactions
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