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Baeyer strain theory
Additional recommended knowledge
The four valences of the carbon atom act in the directions that connect the center of a sphere with the corners of a tetrahedron and that form an angle of 109 28’ with each other. The direction of the attraction can experience a deviation that will, however, cause an increase in strain correlating with the degree of this deviation.
William Henry Perkin, Jr. was the first chemist to synthesize a cyclopropane ring as a doctoral student in the group of Baeyer. A few years earlier another student of Baeyer, Viktor Meyer, had doubted whether a three-membered ring could exist at all. For a long time Baeyer held the belief that even 6- and 7-membered rings were planar and subjected to ring strain.
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