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Forgotten hydrocarbons prepared

Dendralene hydrocarbons have a reputation for being difficult — it seemed that these molecules couldn't easily be made. A practical synthesis of dendralenes opens them up for study, and reveals some surprises.

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Figure 1: Six varieties of unsaturation.
Figure 2: Preparation and reactions of selected dendralenes.


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Hopf, H. Forgotten hydrocarbons prepared. Nature 460, 183–184 (2009).

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