supramolecular chemistry

Aromaticity and Antiaromaticity in the Excited States of Porphyrin Nanorings

Aromaticity can be a useful concept for predicting the behavior of excited states. Here we show that π-conjugated porphyrin nanorings exhibit size-dependent excited-state global aromaticity and antiaromaticity for rings containing up to eight …

Global Aromaticity and Antiaromaticity in Porphyrin Nanoring Anions

Doping, through oxidation or reduction, is often used to modify the properties of π-conjugated oligomers. In most cases, the resulting charge distribution is difficult to determine. If the oligomer is cyclic and doping establishes global aromaticity …

Template-Directed Synthesis of a Conjugated Zinc Porphyrin Nanoball

We report the template-directed synthesis of a π-conjugated 14-porphyrin nanoball. This structure consists of two intersecting nanorings containing six and 10 porphyrin units. Fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy experiments demonstrate that …

Aromatic and antiaromatic ring currents in a molecular nanoring

Aromatic and antiaromatic molecules—which have delocalized circuits of [4n + 2] or [4n] electrons, respectively—exhibit ring currents around their perimeters1,2,3,4. The direction of the ring current in an aromatic molecule is such as to generate a …

Harnessing NMR relaxation interference effects to characterise supramolecular assemblies

Solution-state NMR spectroscopy remains the primary method for characterising synthetic supramolecular assemblies. Yet, in their NMR spectra, relaxation interference effects can significantly alter peak intensities hindering interpretation. Here, we …

Synthesis of Five-Porphyrin Nanorings by Using Ferrocene and Corannulene Templates

The smallest and most strained member of a family of π-conjugated cyclic porphyrin oligomers was synthesized by using pentapyridyl templates based on ferrocene and corannulene. Both templates are effective for directing the synthesis of the …