A self-complexing macrocycle acting as a chromophoric receptor

Peter R. Ashton*, Marcos Gómez-López, Sayeedha Iqbal, Jon A. Preece, J. Fraser Stoddart

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The self-complexing macrocycle 4. 4PF6 has been shown to behave as a chromophoric receptor for the 1,5-dioxynaphthalene derivative 3, which is able to displace the hydroquinone ring out from the cavity of the self-complexing macrocycle 4. 4PF6 and in so doing produces a 1:1 complex. This process is accompanied by an alteration in the UV/V is absorbance which is reflected in a change in the colour of the solution - from red to purple.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3635-3638
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 19 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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