2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Neat Diels-Alder Reaction for the Organic Teaching Laboratory
Joshua J. Hirner
Dr. Anne E. Moody, Faculty Mentor

The recent industrial trend towards more environmentally benign ("green") chemistry has yet to gain a strong foothold in the organic teaching laboratory, where students are usually taught using conventional synthetic methods. The Diels-Alder reaction is a standard process that is an attractive starting point for a more "green" exercise. This reaction already maximizes atom economy with its 100% incorporation of all reactant atoms. To further incorporate green chemistry principles, the [4+2] cycloaddition of anthracene (C14H10) and dimethyl maleate (C6H8O4) is explored under neat conditions, eliminating solvent waste. Interesting side reactions are also discussed.

Keywords: synthesis, Diels-Alder, green chemistry

Topic(s):Chemistry

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 3-2
Location: VH 1320
Time: 8:30

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