Intramolecular Ar-O-Ar bond formation in calixarenes

K. Agbaria, S. E. Biali*

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The formal dehydration of two vicinal phenol moieties of p-tert-butylcalix[6] arene was achieved in two steps by mild oxidation of the calixarene followed by treatment of the resulting monospirodienone derivative (9c) with an ionic hydrogenation mixture (Et3SiH/CF3COOH). Reaction of 9c yielded the unsubstituted xanthenocalix[6]arene 11d, while treatment of the monospirodienone derivative of a spherand-type calixarene (13) with Et3SiH/CF3COOH afforded the dibenzofuran derivative 15. The formation of the latter product indicates that, at least for 13, the rings forming the Ar-O-Ar bond in the product are not those connected by the spiro bond in the starting material. Methylation of the phenolic hydroxyl groups of 11d with methyl p-toluenesulfonate/K2CO3 or dimethyl sulfate/base afforded its dimethyl and tetramethyl ether derivatives. The parent xanthone calix[6]arene derivative 17b was prepared by O-methylation of the phenol groups followed by CrO3 oxidation of the xanthene methylene group and deprotection of the OH groups. McMurry coupling of calixanthone 17a afforded the dixanthylene 18. Calixarenes lld and 15 (which possess a xanthene and dibenzofuran group, respectively) were structurally characterized by X-ray crystallography.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)5482-5489
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - 10 Aug 2001


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