Synthesis of Chiral Resorcinarene-based Hosts and a Mass Spectrometric Study of their Chemistry in Solution and the Gas Phase


The syntheses and characterization of new chiral tetrabenzoxazine and tetrakis-(dialkylaminomethyl) resorcinarenes can be achieved through the reaction of resorcinarene with chiral amines and formaldehyde. In order to examine their host–guest chemistry, chiral quaternary ammonium guests were synthesized by methylation of different amines and amino acid methyl esters through a reductive methylation followed by addition of methyl iodide. Subsequent anion exchange of the iodide against tetraphenylborate helps to improve solubility of the salts in organic solvents. After characterization in solution, mass spectrometry is used to examine the resorcinarenes’ chemistry in the gas phase. Interesting implications of the fragmentation behavior for their solution phase chemistry arise, for which a first example is presented. Ammonium ion binding is indicated by mass spectrometry. Nevertheless, chiral recognition between the chiral hosts and pseudoracemic 1:1 mixtures of appropriately deuterium-labeled chiral guest cations is however not observed.

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We thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI) for financial support. C.A.S. is grateful for support with a Heisenberg fellowship from the DFG and a Dozentenstipendium from the FCI. N.K.B. wishes to thank the Graduate School of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry for financial support. K.R. kindly acknowledges the funding from Academy of Finland (AF) and TEKES. The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the AF are thanked for support for travel grants.

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Beyeh, N.K., Fehér, D., Luostarinen, M. et al. Synthesis of Chiral Resorcinarene-based Hosts and a Mass Spectrometric Study of their Chemistry in Solution and the Gas Phase. J Incl Phenom Macrocycl Chem 56, 381–394 (2006).

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  • Electrospray Mass Spectrometry
  • gas-phase chemistry
  • resorcinarenes
  • host–guest chemistry
  • chirality