The bis-allylic nature of the diradical intermediate is the basis of a novel photochemical rearrangement of cycloadducts 1, which are easily obtained by intermolecular Pauson-Khand reaction of norbornadiene with alkynes, to tricyclo[5.2.1.02,6]deca-3,8-dien-10-ones 2 in good yields. This photorearrangement tolerates a wide variety of functional groups.
Photochemical Rearrangements of Norbornadiene Pauson–Khand Cycloadducts
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 5943-5946.