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Binaphthalene Molecules with Tetrathiafulvalene Units:  CD Spectrum Modulation and New Chiral Molecular Switches by Reversible Oxidation and Reduction of Tetrathiafulvalene Units

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posted on 03.03.2006, 00:00 by Yucheng Zhou, Deqing Zhang, Lingyun Zhu, Zhigang Shuai, Daoben Zhu
By combining the features of binaphthalene and tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), compounds 14 were designed for studies of chiral molecular switches. Absorption and CD spectral studies clearly indicate that the CD spectra resulting from axial chiral binaphthalene units can be modulated through the redox reactions of TTF units, which means new chiral molecular switches can be established on the basis of binaphthalene molecules with TTF units. The reference compound 5, which has one TTF unit rather than two as in the case of compounds 1, 3, and 4, failed to show such property, hinting that the presence of two or more TTF units is required for the realization of CD spectrum modulation. In addition, the manner of the CD spectrum modulation has been found to be dependent on the way TTF units are linked to the binaphthalene skeleton, in terms of the linker length, the positions for substitution, and the number of TTF units.