Quest for Higher Prismanes

  • Goverdhan Mehta
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 273)


Prismanes are a fascinating class of (CH)2n polyhedranes of hb;h symmetry (Dnh ) whose synthetic appeal has been sustained through the prediction and expectancy of novel structural characteristics and unusual chemical reactivity. Among the prismanes, the current favourite for synthesis is [6]-prismane, the heptacyclic, face-to-face dimer of benzene of Dgh symmetry. In our quest for hexaprismane, a novel pentacyclic dimer of benzene and 1,4-bishomohexaprismane “Garudane” (face-to-face dimer of norbornadiene) have been identified as the two advanced precursors and their syntheses have been accomplished through novel strategies. Efforts directed towards the conversion of these precursors to [6]-prismane are described. Some experiments enroute to [7]-prismane and [8]-prismane have been explored.


Methylene Blue Ring Expansion Ring Contraction Cyclobutane Ring Synthetic Appeal 
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  • Goverdhan Mehta
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  1. 1.School of ChemistryUniversity of HyderabadHyderabadIndia

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