An acid-catalyzed Prins/semipinacol rearrangement cascade reaction of hydroxylated pinene derivatives that leads to tricyclic fenchone-type scaffolds in very high yields and diastereoselectivity has been developed. Quantum chemical analysis of the selectivity-determining step provides support for the existence of an extremely flat potential energy surface around the transition state structure. This transition state structure appears to be ambimodal, i.e., the fenchone-type tricyclic scaffolds are formed in preference to the competing formation of a bornyl (camphor-type) skeleton under dynamic control via a post-transition state bifurcation (PTSB).
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry