Gianopoulos CG1, Zarychta B1,2, Cenedese S1, Zhurov VV1, Pinkerton AA1.
J Phys Chem A. 2016 Jun 16;120(23):4059-70. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b03787. Epub 2016 Jun 7.The electron density distribution of two substituted norbornene derivatives (cis-5-norbornene-endo-2,3-dicarboxylic anhydride (1) and 7-oxabicylo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene-exo-2,3-dicarboxylic anhydride (2) has been determined from low-temperature (20 K) X-ray diffraction data and from DFT calculations with periodic boundary conditions. Topological analysis of the electron density is discussed with respect to exo-selective additions, the partial retro-Diels-Alder (rDA) character of the ground state, and intermolecular interaction energies.