Distorted Molecules: Perturbation Design, Preparation and Structures (pages 550–581)
Prof. Dr. Hans Bock, Dipl.-Chem. Klaus Ruppert, Dipl.-Chem. Christian Näther, Dr. Zdenek Havlas, Hans-Friedrich Herrmann, Claudia Arad, Dipl.-Chem. Ilka Göbel, Dipl.-Chem. Andreas John, Dipl.-Chem. Jochen Meuret, Dipl.-Chem. Sabine Nick, Dipl.-Chem. Andreas Rauschenbach, Dipl.-Chem. Wolfgang Seitz, Dipl.-Chem. Torsten Vaupel and Dr. Bahman Solouki
Version of Record online: 22 DEC 2003 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.199205501
How can the influence of charge and substituents on molecular structure be understood and used to aid synthesis? The successes in this direction achieved in Frankfurt in recent years for simple organic molecules are honored in this review. For example, the surprising formation of dibenzenesodium sandwich units on reduction of phenyl-substituted unsaturated hydrocarbons could be explained, and quantum chemical predictions of the twisted structure of its molecular anions and cations verified experimentally. Nevertheless, many questions remain open, in particular, “what crystallizes, how, and why?” This review can thus be seen as stimulus for many other experiments.