ISSN print edition: 0366-6352
ISSN electronic edition: 1336-9075
Registr. No.: MK SR 9/7
A novel intramolecular reversible reaction between the hydroxyl group and isobutenylene chain in a cyclophane-type macrocycle
Le Fang, Wei-Tao Gong, Manivannan Kalavathi Dhinakaran, Li Shang, and Gui-Ling Ning
aState Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
Abstract: Anovel Hg2+ ion induced reversible ring contraction was achieved employing the intramolecular reaction of isobutylene with an aromatic hydroxyl group of cyclophane; reversibility of the reaction was facilitated by excess addition of NaBH4 which also resulted in complexation. The ring contraction and expansion was monitored by UV-VIS absorption, and by fluorescence and 1HNMR spectra. Switchable fluorescence behavior (on–off–on) was observed when the ring-size was tuned from a 19-membered ring to an 18-membered and vice versa. This fine tuning has the potential to be applied in the construction of new supramolecular devices.
Keywords: cyclophane – reversible reaction – ring-size of macrocycle – supramolecular devices
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Chemical Papers 70 (5) 663–666 (2016)