The idiosyncrasies of tetrabenzo[24]crown-8 in the solid state

SJ Cantrill, Jon Preece, JF Stoddart, ZH Wang, Andrew White, DJ Williams

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In the solid state, the macrocyclic polyether, tetrabenzo[24]crown-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 [2]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 [2]pseudorotaxane array. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6675-6681
Number of pages7
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2000


  • pseudorotaxanes
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • hydrogen bonding
  • crown ethers
  • C-H center dot center dot center dot pi interactions


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