Chemistry help needed on Cycloaddition the diels-alder reaction

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the cyclopentadiene collected from the retro-diels-alder reaction must be kept cooled and used fairly soon.Why?

Nov 2nd, 2015

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retro-diels-alder reaction is a form of distillation process. cyclopentadiene exists as a dimer. By distilling it and keeping it cold, slows the Diels-Alder reaction with itself after the distillation. Keeping it cold doesn't completely stop the reaction, so the  cyclopentadiene must be used soon as it will reverse back to its dimer.

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Nov 2nd, 2015

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