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Comment on “Single-Crystal X-ray Structure of 1,3-Dimethylcyclobutadiene by Confinement in a Crystalline Matrix”

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Science  19 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6007, pp. 1047
DOI: 10.1126/science.1196188


Legrand et al. (Reports, 16 July 2010, p. 299) reported the experimental observation of square-planar and rectangular-bent geometries of 1,3-dimethylcyclobutadiene (Me2CBD) confined within a crystalline matrix. However, we found no evidence for the Me2CBD formation. We argue that the experimental x-ray density data are better attributed to the bicyclic β-lactone intermediate where carbon dioxide is covalently bound to cyclobutadiene.

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