Amino-functionalized pillar[5]arene

Nathan L. Strutt, Huacheng Zhang, Severin T. Schneebeli, J. Fraser Stoddart*

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The recently introduced pillar[n]arenes have provided chemists with receptors that, when incorporated into materials, confer unique properties upon them. The symmetrical rims and cylindrical shape of pillar[5]arene begs the question - can these pillar-like receptors be linked covalently end-to-end in order to create tubular structures by a growth-from-template approach? In our efforts to produce these one-dimensional extended structures, we have developed a new method of functionalizing pillar[5]arene in which one of the five hydroquinone units is converted into a diaminobenzoquinone analogue. The resulting diaminopillar[5]arene derivative, which undergoes a stereochemical inversion process that is slow on the 1H NMR timescale, can be chemically modified yet further in a direction that is orthogonal to the plane of its methylene bridging carbons through the formation of oxazole heterocycles. This strategy has been employed to create rigid oligomers that resemble one-dimensional tubular arrays. As a proof-of-principle, a rigid pillar[5]arene dimer has been isolated and characterized in the solution state as a 1:1 complex with an extended viologen for which it acts as a receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10996-11004
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number35
StatePublished - Aug 25 2014


  • host-guest systems
  • macrocycles
  • nanostructures
  • oxazoles
  • supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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