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Synthesis and Structure of Oxacalix[2]arene[2]triazines of an Expanded π-Electron-Deficient Cavity and Their Interactions with Anions

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posted on 2016-02-22, 05:39 authored by Sen Li, Shi-Xin Fa, Qi-Qiang Wang, De-Xian Wang, Mei-Xiang Wang
Novel macrocyclic anion receptors based on the principle of anion−π interactions were reported. By means of both post-macrocyclization modification protocol and the stepwise fragment coupling approach, functionalized oxacalix[2]­arene[2]­triazines bearing two other electron-deficient (hetero)­aromatic rings on the lower rim were efficiently synthesized. The resulting oxacalix[2]­arene[2]­triazine macrocycles adopt 1,3-alternate conformation, yielding therefore an expanded electron-deficient cavity or space consisting of two triazine rings and two appending aromatic rings. Spectroscopic titration study showed the selective interaction of the pentafluorophenyl-substituted oxacalix[2]­arene[2]­triazine with azide and fluoride in solution with the binding constants (K1:1) ranging from 1.33 × 103 to 3.52 × 103 M–1.