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Chemistry and Pharmacology
The synthesis of the chiral 9,12-dimethyl-4-oxaparacyclophane 3 was achieved by the dithia route with subsequent sulfone pyrolysis. The conformational flexibility of the oxamethylene bridge with local Cs symmetry is evident from low temperature NMR experiments. Experimentally, an activation enthalpy of 11.4 kcal/mol is found for this process, which is in good agreement with the rotational barrier derived from semiempirical AM1 calculations (10.2 kcal/mol). Ab initio Hartree-Fock geometry optimizations have been performed for 3 and the corresponding hydrocarbon 9,12-dimethylparacyclophane 4. The distance of the O-atom to the center of the benzene ring in the structure of 3 is only 2.784 Å, i.e., significantly closer than the analogous C4-benzene ring distance in the slightly more strained 4 (3.112 Å). The enantiomeric separation of (±3) has been achieved by HPLC and the circular dichroism (CD) spectrum is reported. Ab initio all-electron DFT/SCI calculations of the CD spectrum are in good agreement with the experimental data and reveal the importance of p(O-atom)→ π* charge-transfer type excited states at relative low energies (6.6 eV, 188 nm) responsible for an intense negative CD band. The benzene type π → π* states are energetically lowered by 0.4-0.8 eV due to the boat-type deformation of the benzene moiety. By comparison of theoretical and experimental CD data the absolute configuration of 3 is assigned as (-)-(S). Chirality 10:147-153, 1998. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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