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Dimer and trimer calix[4]arenes containing multiple metallocene redox-active centres. Single-crystal X-ray structure of a bis(ferrocene)-bis(p-t-butylcalix[4]-arene) hydrophobia host molecule

Abstract

The condensation of 1,1′-bis(chlorocarbonyl)ferrocene (1) and 1,1′-bis(chlorocarbonyl)ruthenocene (2) with p-t-butylcalix[4]arene gave the respective new redox-active metallocene–calix[4]arene dimers (3) and (4). An X-ray diffraction study of (3) shows the two calix[4]arenes to be in cone conformations with a metallocene metal atom transannular Fe ⋯ Fe separation of 5.9 Å. The reaction of 1,1′-bis(chlorocarbonyl)cobaltocenium chloride (5) and p-t-butylcalix[4]arene gave a cobaltocenium–bis(p-t-butylcalix[4]arene) dimer (6). A ferrocene–calix[4]arene trimer (7) was isolated from the reaction of (1) and calix[4]arene. Solution variable-temperature 1H n.m.r. studies show (3) and (4) to be conformationally mobile with respective low-temperature spectra consistent with either partial cone conformations or cis orientation of respective metallocene carbonyl ester moieties. Cyclic voltammetric and coulometric studies in acetonitrile reveal that compound (3) undergoes a reversible two-electron oxidation at +1.24V (versus saturated calomel electrode), suggesting the two respective ferrocene moieties are oxidised in one step. Proton n.m.r. complexation studies showed (3) to be incapable of forming a solution host–guest complex with t-butylamine.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/DT9900003675
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1990, 3675-3682

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    Dimer and trimer calix[4]arenes containing multiple metallocene redox-active centres. Single-crystal X-ray structure of a bis(ferrocene)-bis(p-t-butylcalix[4]-arene) hydrophobia host molecule

    P. D. Beer, A. D. Keefe, A. M. Z. Slawin and D. J. Williams, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1990, 3675
    DOI: 10.1039/DT9900003675

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