1980 Volume 53 Issue 8 Pages 2334-2339
1,2-Dimethoxybiphenylene reacted with dichlorocarbene to give three chloro(methoxy)-6H-benzo[3,4]cyclobuta[1,2]cyclohepten-6-one derivatives, two chloro(methoxy)fluorenones and two dimethoxyfluorenones. The reaction with dibromocarbene gave similar products. The formation of these products serves as unequivocal chemical evidence for bond fixation of 1,2-dimethoxybiphenylene. The chloro(methoxy)-6H-benzo[3,4]cyclobuta-[1,2]cyclohepten-6-one was led to 9-chloro-5-hydroxy-6H-benzo[3,4]cyclobuta[1,2]cyclohepten-6-one, the first tropolone analogue of biphenylene. This compound was shown to exist in only one of the two possible tautomers in contrast with general monocyclic tropolones.
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