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Chiral recognition by fullerenes: CHFClBr enantiomers in the C82 cage

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Density-functional theory and symmetry-adapted perturbation theory calculations on complexes of the enantiomers of CHFClBr with the most stable isomer of C82-3 fullerene show that despite the guests being too large for the host cage, they are nevertheless stabilized by electrostatic interactions. The complexation leads to considerable strain on the cage and the guests accompanied by compression of the bonds of the guest molecule, resulting in considerable complexation-induced changes in the infrared (IR), vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and UV-vis spectra. The effect of chiral recognition is pronounced only for the 19F signal in the NMR spectra and in a sign reversal of the rotational strength of the νCH stretching vibration of S-CHFClBr@C82-3 in the VCD spectrum as compared to that of the free guest, making the sign of this band for the C82 complexes with the S- and R-guest enantiomers the same. This is a surprising result since vibrational circular dichroism is considered a reliable method for determining the absolute chirality of small molecules and for establishing dominant conformations in biopolymers.

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The article was received on 19 Jul 2016, accepted on 18 Aug 2016 and first published on 18 Aug 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP05030A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 26057-26068
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    Chiral recognition by fullerenes: CHFClBr enantiomers in the C82 cage

    H. Dodziuk, K. Ruud, T. Korona and T. B. Demissie, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 26057
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CP05030A

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