Synthesis of Unexpected trans-meso Macrocycle from Novel Unsymmetrical Tetraphenylene

Chun Lin Deng, Sam C K HAU*, Xiao Shui Peng, Henry N.C. Wong

*Corresponding author for this work

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A highly unsymmetrical trisubstituted tetraphenylene was designed and synthesized as a novel superamolecular scaffold for an unexpected trans-meso tetraphenylene macrocycle, whose structure was unequivocally characterized by an X-ray crystallographic analysis. With the defined and electron-rich aromatic cavity, this macrocycle could be further modified to be a potential host for organic cations with biological interest.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberst-2016-w0311-c
Pages (from-to)2095-2100
Number of pages6
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Organic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • cation π interactions
  • host-guest chemistry
  • macrocycle
  • nonplanar hydrocarbon
  • tetraphenylene


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