Photochemical Reactivity of Some Bridgehead Phenyl Ketones

H. G. Heine*, W. Hartmann, F. D. Lewis, R. T. Lauterbach

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The photochemistry of several bridgehead phenyl ketones has been investigated. Bicyclo[2.2.2]octyl, 1-adamantyl, and 1- and 3-homoadamantyl phenyl ketones undergo efficient photochemical α-cleavage in benzene solution, whereas bicyclo[3.2.1]octyl and bicyclo[2.2.1]heptyl phenyl ketones do not. The rates for α-cleavage of ketones 1-4 are dependent upon bi- and tricycloalkane structure in a manner similar to that previously reported for the thermolysis of bridgehead peresters. The rate constant for α-cleavage is accelerated for 1- or 3-homoadamantyl vs. tert-butyl, but retarded by the smaller bicyclic ring systems. The kinetic results are indicative of an early transition state with polar character for photochemical α-cleavage. Quantum yields for product formation are larger for the bridgehead ketones than for pivalophenone owing to a decreased cage effect. The photoreduction of these ketones has also been investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1907-1912
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 1 1976

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  • Organic Chemistry


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