5,20-Diheterohexaphyrins: Metal-template-free synthesis and aromaticity switching

Masataka Umetani, Jinseok Kim, Takayuki Tanaka, Dongho Kim, Atsuhiro Osuka

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As the first example of expanded heteroporphyrins with heteroatoms at meso-positions, 5,20-dithiahexaphyrins and 5,20-diazahexaphyrins were synthesized via nucleophilic substitution reactions of α,α′-dibromotripyrrin as the key step. While 5,20-dithiahexaphyrins are practically nonaromatic, 5,20-[28]diazahexaphyrins show weakly antiaromatic characters and can be cleanly converted into aromatic 5,20-[26]diazahexaphyrins upon oxidation with PbO2, demonstrating distinct aromaticity switching with maintenance of dumbbell-like conformations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10547-10550
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number71
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work at Kyoto was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers (JP18K14199, JP16H00909 and JP18H03910). M. U. acknowledges a JSPS Fellowship for Young Scientists. T. T. thanks financial support from the TOBEMAKI Scholarship Foundation, Murata Science Foundation and Izumi Science and Technology Foundation. The work at Yonsei University was supported by Strategic Research (NRF2016R1E1A1A01943379) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science.

Funding Information:
The work at Kyoto was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers (JP18K14199)

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This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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