Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The self-assembly of the pentanuclear double helicates Hh, Ha and He from the corresponding oligobipyridine strands Lh, La and Le and Cu1 ions has been investigated by NMR and electrospray mass spectrometry (ESMS). Where as Hh is assembled rapidly (in less than 20 min), He (about 20 h) and especially Ha (about 60 h) form much more slowly. The rate decreases strongly with increasing steric bulk of the substituents in the 4,4′-positions on the bipyridine units; this indicates that the search processes (wrapping, unwrapping) that lead to the final helicate are strongly hindered by the size of the substituents. The ESMS data give information about the species present in solution under different conditions and allow the formulation of possible formation pathways, which may involve, in particular, helicates of hairpin type.
Type of Medium: