Coupling of the decarboxylation of 2-Cyano-2-phenylpropanoic acid to large-amplitude motions: a convenient fuel for an acid-base-operated molecular switch

J.A. Berrocal, C. Biagini, L. Mandolini, S. DiStefano

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Abstract

The decarboxylation of 2-cyano-2-phenylpropanoic acid is fast and quantitative when carried out in the presence of 1molar equivalent of a [2]catenane composed of two identical macrocycles incorporating a 1,10-phenanthroline unit in their backbone. When decarboxylation is over, all of the catenane molecules have experienced large-amplitude motions from neutral to protonated catenane, and back again to the neutral form, so that they are ready to perform another cycle. This study provides the first example of the cyclic operation of a molecular switch at the sole expenses of the energy supplied by the substrate undergoing chemical transformation, without recourse to additional stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6997-9701
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume55
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Catenanes
  • Chemical fuels
  • Decarboxylation
  • Molecular devices
  • Molecular motions

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