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Dual Sensing by Simple Heteroditopic Salt Receptors Containing an Anthraquinone Unit

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posted on 16.03.2016, 15:18 by Marcin Karbarz, Jan Romański
We synthesized simple ion pair receptors consisting of a crown ether cation binding site and an anthraquinone-supported thiourea anion binding domain and studied their anion-, cation-, and salt-binding properties using spectroscopic, spectrophotometric, and electrochemical measurements in acetonitrile solution. Apart from carboxylate anions, which cause deprotonation, all the anions tested were found to associate with receptor 1 more strongly in the presence of sodium cations, whereas in the presence of potassium or ammonium cation the anion binding strength was greatly diminished. A homotopic anion receptor 3, lacking a crown ether unit, was unable to bind sodium salt more strongly than tetrabutylammonium salts. Solution and solid-state X-ray measurements revealed that strong sodium coordination with the cation-binding domain is responsible for the salt-binding enhancement. Electrochemical measurements showed that the addition of anions to the receptor 1 pretreated with sodium cations resulted in greater changes in reduction potentials compared to the addition of anions to receptor 1 in the absence of Na+.