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Synthesis and Structure of a Helical Diindenophenanthrene with Four Congested Phenyl Substituents as a Molecular Spiral Staircase

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posted on 11.11.2004, 00:00 by Weixiang Dai, Jeffrey L. Petersen, Kung K. Wang
Treatment of 9 with potassium tert-butoxide produced 10 having a helical twist in a single operation. The X-ray structure of 10 shows that the four phenyl substituents are essentially parallel to one another but are virtually perpendicular to the helical axis of the diindenophenanthrene ring system. Viewing from the direction perpendicular to the helical axis, the structure of 10 resembles that of a segment of a spiral staircase having four parallel steps.