Oxidation of an Internal-Edge-Substituted [5]Helicene-Derived Phosphine Synchronously Enhances Circularly Polarized Luminescence

Kazuteru Usui, Nozomi Narita, Ryosuke Eto, Seika Suzuki, Atsushi Yokoo, Kosuke Yamamoto, Kazunobu Igawa, Naoko Iizuka, Yuki Mimura, Tomohiro Umeno, Shota Matsumoto, Masashi Hasegawa, Katsuhiko Tomooka, Yoshitane Imai, Satoru Karasawa

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Small chiral organic molecules with CD properties are in high demanded due to their potential use in promising electronic and biological applications. Herein, we reveal a system in which the oxidation of a phosphino group to the corresponding phosphine oxide on the inner rim of a helicene derivative induces a CPL response. Laterally π-extended 7,8-dihydro[5]helicenes bearing phosphine and phosphine oxide groups on their inner helical rims (i. e., the C1 position) were synthesized, and their helical structures were unambiguously determined by X-ray crystallography. The photophysical (UV/visible and emission) and chiroptical properties of these compounds were investigated in various solvents. Despite their structural similarities, phosphine oxide showed a significantly better CPL response than phosphine, with a high dissymmetry factor for emission (|glum|=(1.3–1.9)×10−3) that can be attributed to structural changes in the interior of the helicene helix.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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