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Chirality

Syntheses and highly enantioselective fluorescent recognition of α-aminocarboxylic acid anions using chiral oxacalix[2]arene[2]bisbinaphthes.


PMID 22619133

Abstract

The triazine-based bisbinaphthyl crown ethers oxacalix[2]arene[2]bisbinaphthes R-1, R-2, R-3 and S-1, S-2, S-3 were synthesized. The interactions of these compounds with various α-aminocarboxylic acid anions were studied. The crown ethers were found to carry out highly enantioselective fluorescent recognition of α-aminocarboxylic acid anions. It is observed that within a certain concentration range, one enantiomer of the chiral α-aminocarboxylic acid anions can increase the fluorescence intensity of the crown ethers by fivefold to sixfold, whereas the other enantiomer scarcely enhances the fluorescence. Such unusually high enantioselective responses make these crown ethers very attractive as fluorescent sensors in determining the enantiomeric composition of α-aminocarboxylic acid anions.

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