Takamichi Aoki

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Photoswitching of the transformation between seconds and hours time-scales is demonstrated using the threading of per-hydroxylated pillar[5]arene onto the azobenzene-end of a viologen derivative. When the azobenzene moiety was in the trans form, the threading of per-hydroxylated pillar[5]arene quickly took place at 25 °C and could not be monitored directly.(More)
We report a new route for the selective synthesis of di- and tetrafunctionalized pillararenes via oxidation and reduction of the pillararene units. Hypervalent-iodine oxidation of perethylated pillar[5]arene afforded pillar[5]arene derivatives containing one benzoquinone unit and two benzoquinones at the A,B- and A,C-units. A pillar[6]arene derivative(More)
Planar chiral [2]- and [3]rotaxanes constructed from pillar[5]arenes as wheels and pyridinium derivatives as axles were obtained in high yield using click reactions. The process of rotaxane formation was diastereoselective; the obtained [2]rotaxane was a racemic mixture consisting of (pS, pS, pS, pS, pS) and (pR, pR, pR, pR, pR) forms of the per-ethylated(More)
We monitored the progress of formation of dimethoxypillar[5]arene by size-exclusion chromatography. Surprisingly, the cyclization reaction completely finished in just 3 min. By improving the reaction conditions and purification process, we successfully obtained dimethoxypillar[5]arene in a short time and in high yield (71%) from commercially available(More)
We developed "cyclic host liquids (CHLs)" as a new type of solvent. The CHLs are a nonvolatile liquid over a wide temperature range, are biocompatible and recyclable, have high thermal stability, and are miscible with many organic solvents. Compared with typical complexation systems, the CHL system is extremely efficient for maintaining host-guest(More)
A pillar[5]arene-based pseudo[2]rotaxane was synthesized using a slippage method by only heating an axle with bulky valine derivative ends in a cyclic host liquid (CHL), which is liquid at room temperature. The pseudo[2]rotaxane synthesized in a CHL can be converted back to the starting components, i.e., the pillar[5]arene wheel and the axle, by heating in(More)