Synthesis and properties of a novel meso-oxo carbaphlorin analogue embedded with an N-free pyrazole moiety are described. The N-benzyl precursor was prepared by a [3 + 1]-MacDonald condensation of N-benzyl pyrazole dialdehyde and β-alkyl-substituted tripyrrane dicarboxylic acid and subsequent oxidation by ferric chloride. Upon deprotection of the benzyl group, the resulting N-free oxophlorin analogue formed a unique supramolecular dimer through mutual hydrogen bonding interactions between the pyrazole NH and meso-carbonyl group. The assembled behaviour was characterised by various spectroscopies, X-ray crystallographic analysis and vapour pressure osmometry. Under the similar reaction conditions, the condensation of meso-phenyl-substituted tripyrrane derivative afforded an unprecedented tetrapyrrolic macrocycle fused with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone unit at their α-pyrrolic positions. The X-ray crystallographic analysis of the macrocycle revealed a twisted core structure, and nonaromatic nature was elucidated.
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