Summary: CHM 7200 Organic Structures and Mechanisms Fall Term 2007
Problem Set 5: This problem set is now available at (www.blackboard.wayne.edu). It will be due
in class 7 days (10/22/07) from today (10/15/07). Grades will be administered as follows: 5
(exceptional effort), 4 (complete), 3 (incomplete or inadequate effort), 2 (poor effort), 0
(nonexistent). No late problem sets will be accepted.
1. Problem: The following one pot synthesis of semibulvalene has been reported (note reference
given below). Provide a plausible mechanism for this transformation.
J. Sauer (Eur. J. Chem. 2002, 791).