Effluent analysis of model pyrrone compounds by gas chromatography
A gas chromatographic study was made to quantitatively analyze the effluents produced during the thermal cyclization of several polyimidazopyrrolone (pyrrone) model compounds. The study yielded information on analogous polymeric reactions. The model compounds were programed at 5° C/min from 25° to 400° C and volatile species were purged into a gas chromatograph at 25° intervals. An analysis of the effluents revealed that the cyclization reactions are concerted and generally occur below 250°C. The percent of conversion of the model compounds is readily determined by quantitating those reaction products amenable to gas chromatographic analysis. Only the amide-acid-amine and meta-benzimidazole-acid model compounds exhibited complete conversion to the pyrrone structure. Evidence that decarbo:xylation has occurred in the other compounds is presented.