I was reading about the Diels–Alder reaction and wondered that since benzene also consists of two conjugated double bonds, then should it also undergo Diels–Alder reactions? If not, then why not?

  • $\begingroup$ The properties of benzene are very different to the hypothetical 1,3,5 cyclohexatriene that you seek to compare it to. $\endgroup$ – matt_black May 5 '19 at 19:26
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    $\begingroup$ With that said, some benzene lookalikes are amazing Diels-Alder substrates, e.g. triazines and tetrazines. Actually, I've covered this topic before (specifically focusing on benzenes): chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/77049/16683 The question isn't a duplicate, though. $\endgroup$ – orthocresol May 5 '19 at 19:30

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