The Diels-Alder Reaction

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Omar Pinkhasov , Suffolk University
The Diels-Alder reaction is a commonly studied topic in the undergraduate organic chemistry curriculum. We have developed an undergraduate laboratory designed to feature a Diels-Alder/retro-Diels-Alder reaction between 1, 3-cyclohexadiene and either Dimethyl or Diethyl acetylenedicarboxylate (DMAD or DEAD, respectively) through microwave irradiation.