Diels-Alder

Stereochemistry of the diene

It is possible for the diene to be either 'cis-cis', 'cis-trans' (two possibilities if the diene is unsymmetrical) or 'trans-trans'. 'Click' the images below to view 3D animations of the reactions, all of which use the same simple dienophile which has no stereochemistry:

'cis-cis'

'cis-trans'

'trans-trans'

 

 

 

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