Bis(pyrrolo)tetrathiafulvalene - An Efficient Pi-Donor in Supramolecular Chemistry.

Jesper Lau, Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Niels Thorup, Michael P. Cava, Jan Becher

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The synthesis of three novel macrocycles 3-5 based on the two electron donors bis(2,5-dimethyl- pyrrolo)[3,4-d]tetrathiafulvalene (1) and 1,4-hydroquinone is presented. Their abilities to include the electron acceptor paraquat (6) have been investigated by UV/Vis and sup 1 H NMR spectroscopy and an X-ray crystallographic analysis. Also, the complex formation between the cyclic acceptor cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (7) and different tetrathiafulvalene derivatives has been studied. A strong association between 1 and 7 facilitates the self-assembly of catenanes from the macrocycles 3-5. However, the preferred position of the cyclic acceptor 7 in the catenanes around either the pyrrolo-annelated TTF or around the hydroquinone donor relies on a fine balance between all the individual noncovalent forces acting in cooperation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Pages (from-to)3335-3341
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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