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Chemistry A European Journal

DOI: 10.1002/chem.202002696

A formal [3+2] cyclization mediated by silver(I) oxide  and DBU is described herein. Through a broad variety of carbonyl compounds, this system can promote cyclization reactions with high yield (up to 85%) and diastereoselectivity (up to 95:5) for a straightforward access to complex and congested dihydrofuran derivatives in one step using smooth conditions. Based on DFT studies, the proposed mechanism would involve an allenyl silver intermediate.

Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.0c00762

Photonastic materials present a directional and repeatable deformation of the material shape due to transduction from light energy to mechanical energy. Among these materials, light-responsive polymers, composed of photochromic molecules embedded in a polymer matrix, are of high interest. The present work aims at laying the foundation stone of the modeling of the photomechanical behavior of such systems by proposing a computational strategy that is able to investigate (i) the impact of the polymer matrix on the photochromic properties of a dithienylethene (DTE) switch and (ii) the impact of the photochromic reaction on the polymer environment. Contrary to previous approaches, the present model is able to propose a realistic arrangement of the photochrome embedded in the polymer film, thanks to the adaptation of the so-called “controlled-like polymerization algorithm” [Lemarchand, C. A.; J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 50, 2249...

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