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Bispericyclic transition states appear when two independent pericyclic transition states merge into one. They are a particular case of the more general ambimodal concept applied to a transition state that connects reactants with two or more products involving reaction path bifurcations through valley-ridge inflections. In the present computational work, the first example of a bifurcating sigmatropic reaction featuring a bispericyclic transition state is reported for a cyclohexane featuring opposing methylene and a vinylidene fragments. Perhalogenation of a C-C bond in this substrate imparts a strong desymmetrization to the bifurcating potential energy surface. These systems undergo the [3,3] sigmatropic rearrangement with high selectivity, with a preferred product that depends on which halogen decorates the C-C bond. We have found that dynamic effects have a paramount role in the selectivity observed for these reactions.

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Villar Lpez, R.; Faza, O. N.; Silva Lpez, C., J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82 (9), 4758-4765Contributed by Steven BacharachReposted from Computational Organic Chemistry with permissionBispericyclic reactions occur when two different pericyclic reactions merge to have...
Bispericyclic reactions occur when two different pericyclic reactions merge to have a single transition state. An example of this is the joining of two [3,3]-sigmatopic rearrangements of 1 that merge to have a single transition state. Lopez, Faza, and Lopez...