2,3,10,11-Tetrahydroxytetraphenylene and its application in molecular recognition

Jian Fang Cui, Chao Chen, Xiang Gao, Zongwei CAI, Jian Wei Han, Henry N.C. Wong*

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A rationally designed 2,3,10,11-tetrahydroxytetraphenylene (1) has been synthesized. Employing 1 as a building block, a structurally novel tweezer-like host 2 containing dibenzo-24-crown-8 moieties has been prepared. Host 2 showed excellent molecular-recognition ability toward paraquat (=1,1′-dimethyl-4, 4′-bipyridinium dichloride) derivative 3a to form a 1: 1 stable complex in solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2604-2620
Number of pages17
JournalHelvetica Chimica Acta
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Molecular recognition
  • Tetraphenylene, 2,3,10,11-tetrahydroxy-
  • X-Ray crystallography


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