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Synthesis of Molecular Precursors

Summary of oligoyne synthesis

Carbon-rich organic compounds containing a series of conjugated triple bonds (oligoynes) are relevant synthetic targets. Oligoyne derivatives have been found in a variety of natural products,

1,2 are under consideration as molecular wires,3,4 show intriguing non-linear optical properties,5-7 and have recently been used as molecular precursors for the preparation of carbon nanomaterials at room temperature.8,9 In this context, an improved access to oligoynes bearing chemical functional groups is desirable. We have developed a heterocoupling protocol based on the Negishi coupling that allows us to readily prepare unsymmetric oligoyne derivatives on the multi-gram scale.10-12 The required zinc acetylide are prepared in situ from stable trimethylsilyl derivatives and are coupled with bromoacetylenes to yield the desired heterocoupling products in high yields. Repeated bromination and Negishi coupling sequences then readily furnish higher oligoynes bearing chemical functional groups such as the carboxylate or glycoside groups in few synthetic steps. The obtained oligoyne derivatives can moreover be deprotected to yield the corresponding amphiphiles. Hence, we have developed the tools to access and handle oligoynes derivatives with labile functional groups despite their inherent chemical reactivity, which may in turn be utilized for the further preparation of carbon-rich compounds or nanomaterials.

  • 91 S. Schrettl, C. Stefaniu, C. Schwieger, G. Pasche, E. Oveisi, Y. Fontana, A. Fontcuberta i Morral, J. Reguera, R. Petraglia, C. Corminboeuf, G. Brezesinski, H. Frauenrath, Functional Carbon Nanosheets Prepared from Hexayne Amphiphile Monolayers at Room Temperature, Nature Chem., 2014 , 6, 468-476,
  • 1026 T. N. Hoheisel, H. Frauenrath, A Convenient Negishi Protocol for the Synthesis of Glycosylated Oligo(ethynylene)s, Org. Lett., 2008 , 10, 4525-4528
  • 1123 T. N. Hoheisel, H. Frauenrath, Glycosylated Oligo(ethynylene)s via a Pd/Zn-Mediated Cross-Coupling Reaction, Chimia, 2009 , 63, 208-210
  • 1256 S. Schrettl, E. Contal, T. Hoheisel, M. Fritzsche, S. Balog, R. Szilluweit, H. Frauenrath, Facile synthesis of oligoyne amphiphiles and their rotaxanes, Chem. Sci., 2015 , 6, 564–574,

Scheme 1. Synthesis of glycosylated oligoynes up to the hexaynes. Reagents and conditions:
  1. a) AgNO3, NBS, MeCN, 93%;
  2. b) TIPS-C≡C-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ⋅  DCM, THF/toluene, 87%;
  3. c) TIPS-(C≡C)2-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ⋅  DCM, THF/toluene, 78%;
  4. d) TIPS-(C≡C)3-ZnCl 3, PdCl2(dppf) ⋅  DCM, THF/toluene, 51%;
  5. e) TMS-(C≡C)2-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ∙ DCM, THF/toluene, 72%;
  6. f) AgF, NBS, MeCN, 81%;
  7. g) TIPS-(C≡C)2-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ∙ DCM, THF/toluene, 42%;
  8. h) TIPS-(C≡C)3-ZnCl 3, PdCl2(dppf) ∙ DCM, THF/toluene, 55%.

Scheme 2. Synthesis of oligoyne tritylphenyl carboxylates up to the hexaynes. Reagents and conditions:
  1. a) AgNO3, NBS, DCM/MeCN, 96%;
  2. b) TIPS-C≡C-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ⋅  DCM, THF/toluene, 68%;
  3. c) TIPS-(C≡C)2-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ⋅  DCM, THF/toluene, 51%;
  4. d) TIPS-(C≡C)3-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ⋅  DCM, THF/toluene, 65%;
  5. e) TMS-(C≡C)2-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ∙ DCM, THF/toluene, 71%;
  6. f) AgF, NBS, DCM;
  7. g) TIPS-(C≡C)2-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ∙ DCM, THF/toluene, 59% over two steps;
  8. h) TIPS-(C≡C)3-ZnCl, PdCl2(dppf) ∙ DCM, THF/toluene, 44% over two steps.

Summary of chlorendylimides

The use of chlorendyl imides as (temporary) protecting groups for either amines or carboxylic acids, represents a versatile tool for the synthesis of end-functionalized π-conjugated molecules on large reaction scales. In this context, the chlorendylimide moieties fulfill the double task of enhancing the solubility of all intermediates and products while, at the same time, improving their crystallizability.

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News & Highlights

  • - Reuben Yeo joined the group as a postdoc.
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