The dimerization of two triquinacene hemispheres to give dodecahedrane is the holy grail of cycloaddition chemistry. Despite the substantial effort which has been invested in achieving this reaction over the years, no cycloaddition product has been reported. The reason for this failure is that the required endo-endo reactive configuration, involving six double bonds in an S6 symmetrical relationship, is difficult to achieve. In this preliminary report, the self-organization of a triquinacene-based amphiphile at the air-water interface is studied by the surface-sensitive vibrational sum frequency generation technique. The results indicate that the triquinacene bowl is directed into the aqueous subphase, which suggests dimerization of triquinacene may be possible in an aqueous monolayer.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Condensed Matter Physics