Electrocyclic ring closing reactions are molecular rearrangements in which a cyclic structure is formed from a linear π system. Specifically, a new single bond is generated between the termini of the π system, and the product has two fewer π electrons. The converse process is known as electrocyclic ring opening. More...
Charles R. Hickenboth, Jeffrey S. Moore, Scott R. White,
Nancy R. Sottos, Jerome Baudry, Scott R. Wilson
"Biasing reaction pathways with mechanical force"
Nature, 446, 2007, pp. 423-427.
This work was supported by grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and The Petroleum Research Fund.