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2,5-Norbornadiene is a organic hydrocarbon that is a member of the norbornene family. It is a colorless liquid that is used as a ligand in organometallic chemistry.

Structure and Bonding[edit | edit source]

2,5-Norbornadiene has a unique molecular structure that is characterized by a seven-membered ring with two double bonds. The molecule is non-planar and adopts a "chair" conformation, similar to cyclohexane. The two double bonds are not equivalent, with one being more reactive than the other due to the difference in stereochemistry.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

2,5-Norbornadiene can be synthesized from cyclopentadiene through a Diels-Alder reaction. The reaction involves the use of a catalyst, typically a Lewis acid, to promote the formation of the seven-membered ring. The product is then isolated and purified through distillation.

Applications[edit | edit source]

In organometallic chemistry, 2,5-norbornadiene is used as a ligand. It can form complexes with various transition metals, including rhodium, nickel, and palladium. These complexes have been studied for their potential use in catalysis and organic synthesis.

Safety[edit | edit source]

Like many organic compounds, 2,5-norbornadiene is flammable and should be handled with care. It can cause irritation to the skin and eyes, and prolonged exposure can lead to respiratory problems.

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