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A pentiptycene-derived p-phenylenediamine mimics a molecular double-rotor system that displays redox-dependent rotation rates for the amino rotors about the pentiptycene-amine C-N bond. The rotation is accelerated in the radical cation state but stopped in the di(radical cation) state. Electronic interplay of the two rotors is also discussed.
With Tf2O as the activation reagent, a mild and general method has been developed for the bisphosphonylation of both secondary and tertiary amides. The protocol is highly efficient and chemoselective, and it tolerates a number of sensitive functional groups such as cyano, ester, and aldehyde groups.
A room-temperature light-driven molecular brake (1), consisting of a pentiptycene rotator, a 3,5-dinitrophenyl brake, and a photoisomerizable ethenyl spacer, is reported. The rotation rates of the rotator differ by about 9 orders of magnitude between the brake-on (cis-1) and brake-off (trans-1) states.
The synthesis and brakelike performance of a new molecular system (1) consisting of a pentiptycene rotor and a 2-methyleneindanone brake are reported. The rotation kinetics of the rotor was probed by both variable-temperature (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations, and the switching between the brake-on and brake-off states was conducted by a… (More)
A light-driven molecular brake displaying an antilock function is constructed by introducing a nonradiative photoinduced electron transfer (PET) decay channel to compete with the trans (brake-off) → cis (brake-on) photoisomerization. A fast release of the brake can be achieved by deactivating the PET process through addition of protons. The cycle of… (More)
Five pentiptycene-derived stilbene systems (1 R; R = H, OM, NO, Pr, and Bu) have been prepared and investigated as light-driven molecular brakes that have different-sized brake components (1 H<1 OM<1 NO<1 Pr<1 Bu). At room temperature (298 K), rotation of the pentiptycene rotor is fast (k(rot)=10(8)-10(9) s(-1)) with little interaction with the brake… (More)
A light-gated molecular brake that displays both high braking power (∼10(7)) and high switching power (∼74%) is reported. The lower rate for brake-on than for brake-off switching of the pentiptycene rotor mimics the function of an antilock braking system (ABS) for vehicles on a loose surface. The brake is also armed with a fluorescence turn-on alarm for… (More)
The design, synthesis, conformational analysis, and variable-temperature NMR studies of pentiptycene-based molecular gears Pp(2)X, where Pp is the unlabeled (in 1H) or methoxy groups-labeled (in 1OM) pentiptycene rotor and X is the phenylene stator containing ortho-bridged ethynylene axles, are reported. The approach of using shape-persistent rotors of four… (More)
The synthesis of central-ring halogenated pentiptycene phenols 12-14 and dihalogenated pentiptycenes 15-17 is reported. Their utilities as building blocks for preparing new pentiptycene-derived pi-conjugated systems through the Sonogashira, Heck, and Suzuki reactions are also demonstrated.