Date of Award

1-12-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Dr. Davon Kennedy - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Franklin

Third Advisor

Giovanni Gadda

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Alfons Baumstark

Abstract

A series of penta-aryl/alkyl-1-(toluene-4-sulfonyl)-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole 5a-c was synthesized by addition of methyllithium or phenylllithium followed by trapping the nitrogen anion intermediate with tosyl-fluoride to cyclic azines 2a,b. Addition of methyllithium or phenyllithium to 5a-c generated a series of hexa-aryl/alkylsubstituted-4,5-dihydro-3H-pyrazoles 6a-c. Neat thermolysis of hexa-aryl/alkylsubstituted-4,5-dihydro-3H-pyrazoles 6a-c at 200◦C produced hexa-aryl/alkylsubstituted cyclopropanes 7a-c in high yield.

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