Synthesis of 'macrocycle of macrocycles' containing 3 ~ 8 calix[4]arene units. Unexpected generation of large super-macrocycles

Pavel Lhoták, Masaru Kawaguchi, Atsushi Ikeda, Seiji Shinkai

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Abstract

A new class of calixarene-based macrocycles consisting of three to eight calix[4]arene subunits has been prepared from starting 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,27-dihydroxy-26,28-dipropoxycalix[4]are ne. The macrocyclization has been achieved by direct alkylation with 1,6-dibromohexane in DMF in the presence of NaH or via appropriate intermediates. Thus, the starting compound was transformed into bis-calix[4]arenes bearing two bromoalkyl substituents or two hydroxyl groups in positions suitable for further cyclization. By the mutual reactions of the above noticed compounds supermacrocycles containing 3, 4, 6, and 8 calix[4]arene subunits connected by hexamethylene chains have been prepared and characterized. This is a novel strategy to design a 'macrocycle of macrocycles'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12399-12408
Number of pages10
JournalTetrahedron
Volume52
Issue number38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 16 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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