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Title: Fluoride ion receptors based on dipyrrolyl derivatives bearing electron-withdrawing groups: Synthesis, optical and electrochemical sensing, and computational studies
Authors: Ghosh, T.
Maiya, B.G.
Wong, M.W. 
Issue Date: 23-Dec-2004
Citation: Ghosh, T., Maiya, B.G., Wong, M.W. (2004-12-23). Fluoride ion receptors based on dipyrrolyl derivatives bearing electron-withdrawing groups: Synthesis, optical and electrochemical sensing, and computational studies. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 108 (51) : 11249-11259. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1021/jp0464223
Abstract: Two dipynolyl derivatives, 2,3-di(1H-2-pyrrolyl)-7,12-dihydronaphtho[2,3-f] quinoxaIine-7,12-dione (1) and 5,6-di(1H-2-pyrrolyl)-2,3-pyrazine-dicarbonitrile (2), bearing electron-withdrawing quinone or dicyano subunits, have been synthesized and fully characterized by various spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. Both 1 and 2 are specific binders of F - in organic solvents and show dramatic, binding-induced changes in their color (observable in the naked-eye experiments) and also optical and electrochemical signatures. These F --induced color changes remain the same even in the presence of a large excess of Cl -, Br -, I -, or ClO 4 -, thus rendering 1 and 2 to be efficient fluoride ion sensors. While K a, for F - inding by receptor 1 is ∼1.6 × 10 4 M -1, that for receptor 2 is an order of magnitude higher. 1H NMR titrations were carried out to monitor the binding of 1/2 with F -. These experiments not only provide evidence for the hydrogen-bonding interaction between the pyrrolic NH groups of these receptors and F -, but also offer some key insights into the structures of the receptor-anion complexes. Further insights into the structures of the receptor-anion complexes and the observed binding discrimination have been obtained by density functional calculations. Both receptors 1 and 2 interact with a halide ion by forming two NH⋯X - hydrogen bonds with the pyrrolic NH protons in a bidentate fashion. The predicted order of halide binding affinity for receptors is F ≫ Cl > Br. The high selectivity for F - among the halides is attributed mainly to the strength of the hydrogen bond and partly to the complementarity of the geometries between the receptor and anion. The higher F - binding ability of 2 over 1 has been interpreted in terms of the greater electron deficiency and enhanced hydrogen-bond-donating character of the former derivative. Calculations of the NMR and UV-visible spectra support the experimental characterization of the receptor-anion complexes.
Source Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry A
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/93824
ISSN: 10895639
DOI: 10.1021/jp0464223
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