Scanning force microscopy
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
---The substituted 6-hydroxy-trans-3-hexenoic acids 2-4 have been prepared by a template coupling reaction between (butadiene)zirconocene, W(CO)6, and cyclobutanone, cyclodecanone, or cyclododecanone, respectively, followed by hydrolytic/oxidative demetallation of the resulting metallacyclic zirconoxycarbene tungsten complexes. The hydroxyalkenoic acids 2-4 have been found to form two novel fundamental types of associated supramolecular structural arrays in the solid state through intermolecular hydrogen bonding, which have been characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. The cyclobutanone-derived compound 2 exhibits an infinitely extending sheet-like structure, which is composed of symmetrically alternating interconnected 12- and 36-membered rings, each being constructed from the functional groups or frameworks of four individual molecules of 2. In contrast, the cyclodecanone-derived compound 3 adopts a ribbon-type structure composed of C2-symmetrically arranged symmetry-equivalent 15-membered rings, each containing the functionalities from three individual molecules of 2. On the basis of scanning force microscopy studies, the cyclododecanone-derived compound 4 would appear to have a similar structure in the solid state. The structural features of the molecular assemblies that are formed by intermolecular hydrogen bonding of compounds 2-4 in the solid state are selectively controlled by the size and favoured conformations of the spiro-anellated carbocyclic rings at C6 of the 6-hydroxy-trans-3-hexenoic acid carbon chain.
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