Induced-fit binding of pi-electron-donor substrates to macrocyclic aromatic ether imide sulfones: a versatile approach to molecular assembly.

Novel macrocyclic receptors that bind electron-donor aromatic substrates through pi-stacking donor-acceptor interactions are obtained by cycloimidisation of an amine-functionalised aryl ether sulfone with pyromellitic and 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydrides. These macrocycles can form complexes with a wide variety of pi-donor substrates… (More)