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Solvent-Responsive Metalloporphyrins:  Binding and Catalysis

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posted on 15.01.2007, 00:00 by Yibo Zhou, Eui-Hyun Ryu, Yan Zhao, L. Keith Woo
A cholate-functionalized tetraphenylporphyrin (H2CFTPP) was obtained by attaching eight cholate units at the meta positions of the phenyl rings. Zn(CFTPP) favored binding a hydrophilic pyridyl ligand over a hydrophobic analogue in nonpolar solvents such as 20% MeOH/CCl4 but had the reverse selectivity in 95% MeOH/CCl4. Tunability of the ligand binding resulted from the cholates that aggregated intramolecularly to form either unimolecular micelle-like or reversed micelle-like structures, depending on solvent polarity. The micelle-like structures appear to be less well organized than the reversed micelle-like conformations and might be induced by hydrophobic guests. The solvent-dependent intramolecular aggregation of cholates was used to tune the catalytic activity of an iron porphyrin derivative. Epoxidation catalyzed by Fe(CFTPP)Cl gave a selectivity of up to 10:1 for alkene substrates differing by only one or two hydroxyl groups.