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Croconamides: a new dual hydrogen bond donating motif for anion recognition and organocatalysis

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Abstract

We introduce bis-aryl croconamides as a new member in the family of dual hydrogen bonding anion receptors. In this study a series of croconamides are synthesised, and the selectivity for anion binding is investigated (Cl > Br > I in CH2Cl2). The croconamides exhibit different structures in the crystal phase depending on the substituents on the aromatic rings, and furthermore, the crystal structure revealed the presence of tautomers. DFT calculations elucidated the complex structures formed upon addition of anion to the croconamides, confirming the order of association constants towards the halogen anions. The use of croconamides as organocatalysts in a proof-of-concept study is demonstrated in the formation of THP ethers. In addition to this, construction of a Hammet plot further elucidates the mechanism in action on formation of THP ethers.

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The article was received on 16 Dec 2016, accepted on 23 Feb 2017 and first published on 28 Feb 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7OB00441A
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017,15, 2784-2790
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    Croconamides: a new dual hydrogen bond donating motif for anion recognition and organocatalysis

    A. Jeppesen, B. E. Nielsen, D. Larsen, O. M. Akselsen, T. I. Sølling, T. Brock-Nannestad and M. Pittelkow, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 2784
    DOI: 10.1039/C7OB00441A

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