Neo-fused hexaphyrin: A molecular puzzle containing an N-linked pentaphyrin

Pingchun Wei, Kai Zhang, Xin Li, Deying Meng, Hans Ågren, Zhongping Ou, Seikweng Ng, Hiroyuki Furuta, Yongshu Xie

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The first neo-confused hexaphyrin( was synthesized by oxidative ring closure of a hexapyrrane bearing two terminal "confused" pyrroles. The new compound displays a folded conformation with a short interpyrrolic C·N distance of 3.102 Å, and thus it readily underwent ring fusion to afford a neo-fused hexaphyrin with an unprecedented 5,5,5,7-tetracyclic ring structure. Furthermore, coordination of CuII triggered a ring opening/contracting reaction to afford a CuII complex of an N-linked pentaphyrin derivative. The roles of reactive N-C bonds in the porphyrinoid macrocycles were demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14069-14073
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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