Journal of Structural Chemistry

, Volume 59, Issue 8, pp 1810–1817 | Cite as

A Theoretical Investigation on the Regioselectivity of the Diels–Alder Cycloaddition of 9-(Methoxymethyl) Anthracene And Citraconic Anhydride

  • A. Bazian
  • S. A. BeyramabadiEmail author
  • A. Davoodnia
  • M. R. Bozorgmehr
  • M. Pordel


The mechanism and regioselectivity of the Diels–Alder cycloaddition reaction between 9- (methoxymethyl)anthracene and citraconic anhydride are explored using the valuable density functional theory (DFT) methods. The solvent effects are considered using the polarizable continuum model in the toluene solution. Due to a small electrophilicity difference of the reactants, the reaction has a low polar character. The investigated Diels–Alder reaction has a normal electron demand character. Depending on the respective position of substituents in the cycloadducts (head-to-head (ortho) or head-to-tail (meta)) the reaction can be progressed via two different pathways: ortho and meta. Due to a very high activation energy, the meta pathway is rejected. The product of the ortho pathway is demonstrated to be the final product of the reaction in the toluene solution. The obtained DFT results are in good agreement with the experimental results.


DFT Diels–Alder cycloaddition regioselectivity anthracene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Bazian
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. A. Beyramabadi
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Davoodnia
    • 1
  • M. R. Bozorgmehr
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Pordel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Mashhad BranchIslamic Azad UniversityMashhadIran
  2. 2.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Mashhad BranchIslamic Azad UniversityMashhadIran

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