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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 78, No. 3, 2009, pp.737-748
Published online, 19th November, 2008
DOI: 10.3987/COM-08-11571
On the Photoisomerization of Thiophene and Thiazole Derivatives

Maurizio D'Auria* and Rocco Racioppi

*Department of Chemistry, University of Basilicata, Via N. Sauro 85, 85100 Potenza, Italy

Abstract

The photochemical isomerization of thienyl and thiazolyl derivatives can be explained by assuming the formation of the Dewar isomer. The isomerization of the Dewar isomer towards the most stable one can account for the observed reaction. No biradical intermediate was found. In the case of thiophene an isomerization of the Dewar thiophene allows the formation of a tricyclic intermediate; a retroelectrocyclic reaction can afford the reaction product. This tricyclic intermediate cannot be formed in the photoisomerization of thiazole derivative.