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Oxyfunctionalization of Calixarene Quinone Rings

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posted on 03.04.2008, 00:00 by Francesco Troisi, Lucia Citro, Carmine Gaeta, Enrico Gavuzzo, Placido Neri
The epoxidation of quinone rings of calixquinones represents a valid route for the introduction of oxygenated functionalities into the de-tert-butylated calixarene walls originating cis-diepoxy-p-dione moieties. Carbonyl reduction of these systems leads to hybrid calixarenes containing dianhydroinositol moieties (calixinositols) belonging to the calixcyclitols family. The regio- and stereochemistry of these derivatives was determined by 2D NMR studies, in conjunction with MM3 calculations and X-ray crystallography.