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Synthesis and Structure of m-Terphenyl-Based Cyclophanes with Nitrogen Intra-annular Functional Groups

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posted on 18.03.2004, 00:00 by Drexel H. Camacho, Eric V. Salo, Zhibin Guan
Herein we describe an efficient synthesis of cyclophanes comprised of intra-annular nitrogen functional groups through a template-promoted cyclization by ring-closing metathesis (RCM). The synthesis proceeds through condensation of meta-styryl anilines with acenaphthenequinone to form the templates, followed by RCM with Grubb's second-generation catalyst to afford cyclophanes with internal α-diimine functionality. Prolonged hydrogenation efficiently removes the template to provide a macrocycle containing the diamine functionality.