NMR spectroscopy plays an integral role in the teaching of organic chemistry. With the integration of conceptual understanding and problem solving, deciphering spectrums of an unknown chemical structure can provide many necessary challenges. The Diels-Alder reaction ([4π + 2π] cycloaddition reaction) is one of the most important reactions in synthetic organic chemistry as it allows for the formation of two C-C bonds and displays good regioand stereoselectivity. The kinetics of the reaction between maleic anhydride and anthracene and two of its derivatives (9-methylanthracene & 9-anthracenecarboxaldehyde) were the main focus of this experiment.
Oyama, Kira and Johnson, Andrew, "NMR Kinetics of the Diels-Alder Reactions of 9-Substituted Anthracenes: Development of an Organic Chemistry Lab Experience" (2015). Math & Science Department (SURI). 17.