Mitch’s favorite structure is:

one showing the rearrangement of a trans-fenestrane


Following the failure of a Swiss group to synthesize a trans, cis cis cis [] fenestrane, they published a paper purporting to ‘prove’ that the synthesis of a [] fenestrane with a trans bond was theoretically impossible. The crystal structure clearly showed that, in fact, the Stanford group had, indeed synthesized one.—Mitch

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