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Cross-Bridging Reaction of 5,20-Diethynyl Substituted Hexaphyrins to Vinylene-Bridged Hexaphyrins

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posted on 24.01.2007, 00:00 by Masaaki Suzuki, Atsuhiro Osuka
5,20-Diethynyl substituted [26]hexaphyrins( undergo a thermal or spontaneous cross-bridging reaction to provide trans-vinylene-bridged [26]hexaphyrins, probably through strongly folded conformations. Facile aromatic−antiaromatic switching of vinylene-bridged hexaphyrins has been demonstrated upon two-electron redox processes. Curiously, a resonance contributor of the vinylene-bridged hexaphyrins is regarded as [16]diazaannuleno[16]diazaannulene but its contribution should be minor because of the perpendicular geometry of the bridge. Vinylene-bridged hexaphyrin serves as an effective ligand that coordinates two zinc(II) ions using the central vinylene double bond in a η2-fashion along with the three pyrrolic nitrogen atoms.