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Mechanical reversibility of strain-promoted azide–alkyne cycloaddition reactions


Blank,  Kerstin
Kerstin Blank, Mechano(bio)chemie, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Society;

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Jacobs, M. J., Schneider, G., & Blank, K. (2016). Mechanical reversibility of strain-promoted azide–alkyne cycloaddition reactions. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55(8), 2899-2902. doi:10.1002/anie.201510299.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-7D21-6
Mechanophores, that is, molecules that show a defined response to force, are crucial building blocks of mechanoresponsive materials. The possibility of mechanically induced cycloreversion for a series of triazoles formed via strain-promoted azide–alkyne cycloaddition reactions was investigated by density functional theory calculations, and these triazoles were compared to the 1,4- and 1,5-regioisomers formed in the reaction of an azide with a terminal alkyne. We show that cycloreversion is in principal possible and that the pulling geometry is the most important parameter that determines the probability of cycloreversion. We further compared triazole stability to the mechanical stability of polymers that are frequently used as force transducers in mechanochemical experiments and identified DIBAC (azadibenzylcyclooctyne) as a promising mechanophore for future applications.