Crown-6-calix[4]arene-capped calix[4]pyrrole: An ion-pair receptor for solvent-separated CsF ions

Jonathan L. Sessler, Sung Kuk Kim, Dustin E. Gross, Chang Hee Lee, Jong Seung Kim, Vincent M. Lynch

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An ion-pair receptor, 1, containing both cation- and anion-recognizing sites, has been synthesized and characterized. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction structural studies and 1H NMR spectroscopic analyses confirmed that 1 forms stable 1:1 complexes with CsF in solution and in the solid state in spite of the large separation enforced between the receptor-bound anion and cation. In 9:1 CDCl3/CD3OD, binding of fluoride anion within the calix[4]pyrrole core of 1 was not observed in the absence of a cobound cesium cation; however, it was seen in this solvent mixture under conditions where a Cs+ cation was bound to the crown ether-strapped calix[4]arene subunit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13162-13166
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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