Simple dinitro substituted calixarene forming a honeycomb-like architecture with hydrophobic channels†
A rather easily structured permethylated dinitro calixarene was found to exhibit large, stable and rigid channels in the solid state. These were obtained as guest free as well as solvent filled species and proved to reversibly adsorb selected organic solvents. Combined use of QMB measurements and X-ray powder diffraction revealed the predominantly reversible interaction of dichloromethane vapour with the channel structure as well as the integrity of the nanopores during adsorption and desorption. Examination of the flexible host component by NMR spectroscopy revealed a mixture of interchanging conformational isomers which could explain the high sensitivity of the crystallization process from the employed solvents.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Structural Macrocyclic Supramolecular Chemistry