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Syntheses and Structures of Isomeric [6.6]- and [8.8]Cyclophanes with 1,4-Dioxabut-2-yne and 1,6-Dioxahexa-2,4-diyne Bridges

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posted on 19.05.2001, 00:00 by Manivannan Srinivasan, Sethuraman Sankararaman, Henning Hopf, Ina Dix, Peter G. Jones
All three isomers (ortho, meta, and para) of [8.8]cyclophane bearing 1,6-dioxahexa-2,4-diyne bridges have been synthesized and structually characterized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography to determine the conformation of the cyclophanes and their cavity dimensions. The three isomeric [6.6]cyclophanes bearing 1,4-dioxabut-2-yne bridges have also been synthesized from but-2-yne-1,4-diol ditosylate and the isomeric dihydroxybenzenes. The [6.6]orthocyclophane has been structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. The energy-minimized structures from the semiempirical AM1 calculations of these cyclophanes compare very well with the structures obtained by X-ray crystallography.