Efficient Synthesis of Nanoscale Macrocyclic Hydrocarbons

Jeffrey S. Moore, Jinshan Zhang

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In unusually high yields of 75 and 70% respectively, the macrocycles with six (1) and twelve arene units have been efficiently synthesized by cyclization of α‐iodo‐ω‐ethynylphenyl‐acetylene oligomers. The success is probably due to the preassembly of these difunctional building blocks. Molecular models indicate an inner diameter of 8.4 Å for 1 and 22 Å (!) for the larger macrocycle. (Figure Presented.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)922-924
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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