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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Diels-Alder Reactions Using Surfactants

Diels-Alder reactions are cyclo-addition reactions involving a diene and a dienophile. Cyclo-addition reactions are an important class of reactions in organic synthesis because of the creation of carbon-carbon bonds. Diels-Alder reactions have been carried out in a variety of solvents to study solvent effects of reactivity and stereo chemistry. We performed Diels-Alder reactions between cyclopentadiene and maleic anhydride using surfactants and analyzed the products. We obtained the expected end product in respectable yields.

Presenter: Anthony Marshall (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Chemistry
Location: 140 Lennon
Time: 10 am (Session I)