In the solid state, the macrocyclic polyether, tetrabenzocrown-8 (TB24C8), is an interesting molecule. When crystallized from MeCN solution, a bis-MeCN clathrate is formed, in which the TB24C8 macroring-by adopting a conformation with approximate tennis-ball-seam symmetry (D-2d)-forms C-H...pi-linked supramolecular chains. However, when crystallized from CHCl3/Et2O solution, the TB24C8 crystallizes alone-adopting a self-filling 'flattened-out' conformation with Ci symmetry-forming C-H...pi-linked sheets which stack upon one another by virtue of-yet again (!)-C-H...pi hydrogen bonds. By contrast, the solid-state superstructure of the pseudorotaxane formed between TB24C8 and dibenzylammonium hexafluorophosphate (DBA-PF6), contains no C-H...pi interactions. However, a multitude of more enthalpically favorable C-H...F hydrogen bonds-to a highly-ordered matrix of PF6- anions-stabilizes the formation of the pseudorotaxane array. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sept 2000|
- supramolecular chemistry
- hydrogen bonding
- crown ethers
- C-H center dot center dot center dot pi interactions