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  1. Arene Binding Affinities in [CpRu(nu6-arene)]+ Complexes: Models for the Adsorption of Arenes on Hydroesulferization Catalysts

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    Choi, M. G.; Ho, T. C.; Angelici, R.

    2008-02-29

    Product/reactant ratios (Y) were determined for the reactions CpRu({eta}{sup 6}-DBT){sup +} + L CpRu({eta}{sup 6}-L){sup +} + DBT (where DBT is dibenzothiophene and L is a homo- or heterocyclic arene), which were conducted under UV photolysis conditions. In the photostationary state, the Y values for the different arenes decrease in the following order: mesitylene (17) > toluene (13) > indole (9.1) > carbazole (6.7) > benzene (5.9) > fluorene (5.1) > biphenyl (3.9) > DBT (1.0) > phenanthrene (0.65) > naphthalene (0.35). In general, alkyl-substituted arenes have a higher binding affinity than the parent arene, except for tert-butyl groups, which decrease the Y values. These trends in {eta}{sup 6}-arene binding to CpRu{sup +} provide a basis for understanding competitive adsorption of arenes on metal sites of hydrotreating catalysts. Such arene components in petroleum feedstocks reduce the rates of hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophenes.

  2. Process Development for Separation of Conformers from Derivatives of Resorcin[4]arenes and Pyrogallol[4]arenes.

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    Patil, Rahul S; Zhang, Chen; Atwood, Jerry L

    2016-10-17

    Macrocyclic compounds, such as resorcin[4]arenes and pyrogallol[4]arenes, have proven to be useful building blocks in the construction of supramolecular organic frameworks (SOFs) because of their unique bowl-like shape and ability to interact through variety of intermolecular interactions. Herein, we report the synthesis and crystal structures of two functionalized resorcin[4]arenes and pyroagllol[4]arenes, 4-hydroxyphenylresorcin[4]arenes, and 4-hydroxyphenylpyrogallol[4]arenes. These phenyl-functionalized macrocycles usually have different conformers, such as cone, boat, chair, saddle, and diamond. The successful separation of predominant conformers from the crude product was carried out with solvent-extraction technique. The shape and molecular arrangement of these conformers in the individual crystal structure was verified with single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies.

  3. Pyrogallol[4]arenes as frustrated organic solids.

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    Kumari, Harshita; Erra, Loredana; Webb, Alicia C; Bhatt, Prashant; Barnes, Charles L; Deakyne, Carol A; Adams, John E; Barbour, Leonard J; Atwood, Jerry L

    2013-11-13

    Two forms of interdigitated layered arrangements of C-pentylpyrogallol[4]arene (PgC5) have been structurally elucidated and show variations in packing arrangements and host-guest interactions. Molecular dynamics simulations reveal a propensity for formation of self-included dimers, with or without incorporated solvent. Combined gas sorption and PXRD results show the presence of seven forms of PgC5, with and without CO2 (and their interconversions). This is the first CO2 gas sorption study of pyrogallol[4]arenes, and it provides evidence that pyrogallol[4]arenes may act as frustrated organic solids.

  4. Gold(I)-mediated C-H activation of arenes.

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    Lu, Pengfei; Boorman, Tanya C; Slawin, Alexandra M Z; Larrosa, Igor

    2010-04-28

    We demonstrate the first Au(I)-mediated C-H activation of arenes. Au(I) salts undergo C-H activation with electron-poor arenes, in stark contrast to Au(III) salts, which activate electron-rich arenes. This operationally simple and highly regioselective process occurs under very mild conditions and gives access to a variety of Au(I)-arene complexes in excellent yields.

  5. A divalent germanium complex of calix[5]arene.

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    Schrick, Aaron C; Rheingold, Arnold L; Weinert, Charles S

    2011-07-07

    The reaction of the germylene Ge[N(SiMe(3))(2)](2) with calix[5]arene yields the first example of a group 14 calix[5]arene complex. The crystal structure of this material has been obtained and contains two calix[5]arene macrocycles held together by a Ge(2)O(2) rhombus.

  6. Methods for preparation of cyclopentadienyliron (II) arenes

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    Keipert, Steven J.

    1991-01-01

    Two improved methods for preparation of compounds with the structure shown in equation X [(Cp)--Fe--(Ar)].sup.+.sub.b X.sup.b- (X) where Cp is an eta.sup.5 complexed, substituted or unsubstituted, cyclopentadienyl or indenyl anion, Ar is an eta.sup.6 complexed substituted or unsubstituted, pi-arene ligand anad X is a b-valent anion where b is an integer between 1 and 3. The two methods, which differ in the source of the cyclopentadienyl anion - Lewis acid complex, utilize a Lewis acid assisted ligand transfer reaction. The cyclopentadienyl anion ligand, assisted by a Lewis acid is transferred to ferrous ion in the presence of an arene. In the first method, the cyclopentadienyl anion is derived from ferrocene and ferrous chloride. In this reaction, the cyclopentadienyliron (II) arene product is derived partially from ferrocene and partially from the ferrous salt. In the second method, the cyclopentadienyl anion - Lewis acid complex is formed by direct reaction of the Lewis acid with an inorganic cyclopentadienide salt. The cyclopentadienyliron (II) arene product of this reaction is derived entirely from the ferrous salt. Cyclopentadienyliron (II) arene cations are of great interest due to their utility as photoactivatable catalysts for a variety of polymerization reactions.

  7. Room-temperature direct alkynylation of arenes with copper acetylides.

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    Theunissen, Cédric; Evano, Gwilherm

    2014-09-05

    C-H bond in azoles and polyhalogenated arenes can be smoothly activated by copper acetylides to give the corresponding alkynylated (hetero)arenes by simple reaction at room temperature in the presence of phenanthroline and lithium tert-butoxide under an oxygen atmosphere. These stable, unreactive, and readily available polymers act as especially efficient and practical reagents for the introduction of an alkyne group to a wide number of arenes under remarkably mild conditions.

  8. What Indiana's Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading

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    National Council on Teacher Quality, 2009

    2009-01-01

    In May 2006 the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released a groundbreaking study, "What Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading - and "What Elementary Teachers Aren't Learning." The primary findings were disheartening: in a representative sampling of education schools in 35 states, only 15 percent of schools…

  9. Arene Selectivity by a Flexible Coordination Polymer Host

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    Wright, James S.; Vitórica‐Yrezábal, Iñigo J.; Thompson, Stephen P.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The coordination polymers [Ag4(O2CCF3)4(phen)3]⋅ phen⋅arene (1⋅phen⋅arene) (phen=phenazine; arene=toluene, p‐xylene or benzene) have been synthesised from the solution phase in a series of arene solvents and crystallographically characterised. By contrast, analogous syntheses from o‐xylene and m‐xylene as the solvent yield the solvent‐free coordination polymer [Ag4(O2CCF3)4(phen)2] (2). Toluene, p‐xylene and benzene have been successfully used in mixed‐arene syntheses to template the formation of coordination polymers 1⋅phen⋅arene, which incorporate o‐ or m‐xylene. The selectivity of 1⋅phen⋅arene for the arene guests was determined, through pairwise competition experiments, to be p‐xylene>toluene≈benzene>o‐xylene>m‐xylene. The largest selectivity coefficient was determined as 14.2 for p‐xylene:m‐xylene and the smallest was 1.0 for toluene:benzene. PMID:27483388

  10. Conjugation, immunoreactivity, and immunogenicity of calix[4]arenes; model study to potential calix[4]arene-based Ac3+ chelators.

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    Grote Gansey, M H; de Haan, A S; Bos, E S; Verboom, W; Reinhoudt, D N

    1999-01-01

    For the development of calix[4]arene-based radiotherapeutic agents, the conjugation to biomolecules and immunogenicity in mice of potential 225Ac3+-chelating calix[4]arenes were studied. A calix[4]arene triethyl ester isothiocyanate and a bis(calix[4]arene) hexacarboxylic acid, containing a masked thiol functionality, were used in conjugation experiments to a mouse monoclonal antibody and serum albumins. All characterization techniques indicate that only the calix[4]arene carboxylic acid is successfully conjugated to the biomolecules. The immunoreactivity of the conjugates is not impaired when up to 6 equiv of calixarene are bound to the monoclonal antibody. Animal tests indicated that the immunogenicity toward the calix[4]arene is strongly influenced by the nature of the carrier, the dosage, and the injection method. No immune response occurred when a homologous carrier was used or when a heterologous carrier was applied at a dosage of 10 microg per immunization via intravenous injection. Under all other conditions, the presence of antibodies directed against the calix[4]arene was demonstrated. Thus, for the application in radioimmunotherapy, the conjugation of a calix[4]arene to a humanized antibody will probably not lead to an immune response, and the immunoreactivity will not be disturbed.

  11. Electronically Active Cyclocarborane-Metal-Arene Assemblies

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    1992-07-31

    Benvenuto , and R. N. Grimes, "Organotransition-Metal Metalla- carboranes. 18. Y16, _q5-Benzyltetramethylcyclopentadieneide(1-) as a Bridging Ligand in...Polyhedral Expansion of (Arene)Fe(Et 2CB 4 H4) Clusters", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1991, 113 3061. M. A. Benvenuto and R. N. Grimes, "Organotransition-Metal...34, Organometallics 1992, 11, 2404. R. N. Grimes, "Boron-Carbon Ring Ligands in Organometallic Synthesis", Chem. Rev. 1992, 92. 251. M. A. Benvenuto and R

  12. Eruptive History of Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

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    Soto, G. J.; Alvarado, G. E.

    2004-12-01

    Tephra-stratigraphy, volcanic history, eruption types, eruptive dynamics and area distribution of tephra from the most important eruptions of Arenal volcano, are reviewed and updated. Deposits of explosive eruptions are named AR-1 to AR-22 (from older to younger). All previous and new Arenal and neighbouring Chato volcanoes' radiocarbon dates were calibrated: the last Chato eruption occurred 3720±150 B.P and the first known eruption of Arenal (AR-1), 7010+170-130 B.P. Isopachs and characteristics of the most relevant and recognized airfall deposits are presented. Area distributions of the key layers are oriented toward W, WSW and SW, except the lowest layer of AR-17, which is distributed northward. According to lithic isopleths, an eruption column height of 23 km (subplinian) was calculated for AR-20. Most fall layers in Arenal show associated pyroclastic flow deposits up to a distance of 6.5 km from the summit. They are restricted to river valley paths. Among Arenal eruptions, plinian-subplinian type events like AR-20, AR-15, AR-12 and AR-9, are the most violent and destructive, with tephra volumes between 0.2 and 1 km3. There are also violent strombolian eruptions which were sustained for a considerable time, resembling subplinian eruptions (the AR-19 case, total volume 0.45 km3), and pelean type eruptions, as AR-22, which erupted 0.026 km3 of tephra. A temporal correlation of explosive events after AR-8 shows that the four most important dacitic eruptions (AR-20, 15, 12 and 9), are separated by an average period of 800 years ("long term"). Three of them (AR-20, 15 and 9) have been preceded by two important explosive events with a more basic chemistry, which occurred around 300 years or less previously to the dacitic eruption ("short term" periods). Nevertheless, between cycles AR-13/14/15 and AR-18/19/20, there are two events (AR-16 and 17) that do not belong to any cycle. In fact, between the major eruptions AR-15 and 20, the highest eruptive frequency of all

  13. Heteroatom-free arene-cobalt and arene-iron catalysts for hydrogenations.

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    Gärtner, Dominik; Welther, Alice; Rad, Babak Rezaei; Wolf, Robert; Jacobi von Wangelin, Axel

    2014-04-01

    75 years after the discovery of hydroformylation, cobalt catalysts are now undergoing a renaissance in hydrogenation reactions. We have evaluated arene metalates in which the low-valent metal species is--conceptually different from heteroatom-based ligands--stabilized by π coordination to hydrocarbons. Potassium bis(anthracene)cobaltate 1 and -ferrate 2 can be viewed as synthetic precursors of quasi-"naked" anionic metal species; their aggregation is effectively impeded by (labile) coordination to the various π acceptors present in the hydrogenation reactions of unsaturated molecules (alkenes, arenes, carbonyl compounds). Kinetic studies, NMR spectroscopy, and poisoning studies of alkene hydrogenations support the formation of a homogeneous catalyst derived from 1 which is stabilized by the coordination of alkenes. This catalyst concept complements the use of complexes with heteroatom donor ligands for reductive processes.

  14. Networked calix[4]arene polymers with unusual mechanical properties.

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    Grima, Joseph N; Williams, Jennifer J; Evans, Kenneth E

    2005-08-28

    Polymeric networks built from calix[4]arenes that form a three dimensional folded structure have been predicted to exhibit negative Poisson's ratios (auxetic), an unusual property which makes them superior to conventional materials in many practical applications.

  15. Fifty years of oxacalix[3]arenes: A review

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    Cottet, Kevin; Marcos, Paula M

    2012-01-01

    Summary Hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arenes, commonly called oxacalix[3]arenes, were first reported in 1962. Since then, their chemistry has been expanded to include numerous derivatives and complexes. This review describes the syntheses of the parent compounds, their derivatives, and their complexation behaviour towards cations. Extraction data are presented, as are crystal structures of the macrocycles and their complexes with guest species. Applications in fields as diverse as ion selective electrode modifiers, fluorescence sensors, fullerene separations and biomimetic chemistry are described. PMID:22423288

  16. Annelation of furan rings to arenes

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    Omelchuk, O. A.; Tikhomirov, A. S.; Shchekotikhin, A. E.

    2016-08-01

    Benzo[b]furans have been used in various fields of chemistry and technology due to their unique physical, chemical and biological properties. It is primarily a wide range of biological activities of natural and synthetic benzo[b]furan derivatives and their polyfused analogues (naphthofurans, anthrafurans, etc.) that attracts a significant scientific interest in the context of using these heterocycles as privileged scaffolds in drug design. This survey covers those methods for the annelation of a furan ring to arenes that have been developed mostly during the last decade. We also analyze trends in synthetic methods of benzo[b]furans. Some synthetic schemes are highly efficient in the synthesis of polyfunctionalized furan derivatives. The bibliography includes 110 references.

  17. Negative ion gas-phase chemistry of arenes.

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    Danikiewicz, Witold; Zimnicka, Magdalena

    2016-01-01

    Reactions of aromatic and heteroaromatic compounds involving anions are of great importance in organic synthesis. Some of these reactions have been studied in the gas phase and are occasionally mentioned in reviews devoted to gas-phase negative ion chemistry, but no reviews exist that collect all existing information about these reactions. This work is intended to fill this gap. In the first part of this review, methods for generating arene anions in the gas phase and studying their physicochemical properties and fragmentation reactions are presented. The main topics in this part are as follows: processes in which gas-phase arene anions are formed, measurements and calculations of the proton affinities of arene anions, proton exchange reactions, and fragmentation processes of substituted arene anions, especially phenide ions. The second part is devoted to gas-phase reactions of arene anions. The most important of these are reactions with electrophiles such as carbonyl compounds and α,β-unsaturated carbonyl and related compounds (Michael acceptors). Other reactions including oxidation of arene anions and halogenophilic reactions are also presented. In the last part of the review, reactions of electrophilic arenes with nucleophiles are discussed. The best known of these is the aromatic nucleophilic substitution (SN Ar) reaction; however, other processes that lead to the substitution of a hydrogen atom in the aromatic ring are also very important. Aromatic substrates in these reactions are usually but not always nitroarenes bearing other substituents in the ring. The first step in these reactions is the formation of an anionic σ-adduct, which, depending on the substituents in the aromatic ring and the structure of the attacking nucleophile, is either an intermediate or a transition state in the reaction path. In the present review, we attempted to collect the results of both experimental and computational studies of the aforementioned reactions conducted since the

  18. Thiacalix[4]arene: New protection for metal nanoclusters

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    Guan, Zong-Jie; Zeng, Jiu-Lian; Nan, Zi-Ang; Wan, Xian-Kai; Lin, Yu-Mei; Wang, Quan-Ming

    2016-01-01

    Surface organic ligands are critical for the formation and properties of atomically precise metal nanoclusters. In contrast to the conventionally used protective ligands such as thiolates and phosphines, thiacalix[4]arene has been used in the synthesis of a silver nanocluster, [Ag35(H2L)2(L)(C≡CBut)16](SbF6)3, (H4L, p-tert-butylthiacalix[4]-arene). This is the first structurally determined calixarene-protected metal nanocluster. The chelating and macrocyclic effects make the thiacalix[4]arene a rigid shell that protects the silver core. Upon addition or removal of one silver atom, the Ag35 cluster can be transformed to Ag36 or Ag34 species, and the optical properties are changed accordingly. The successful use of thiacalixarene in the synthesis of well-defined silver nanoclusters suggests a bright future for metal nanoclusters protected by macrocyclic ligands. PMID:27536724

  19. Organometallic osmium arene complexes with potent cancer cell cytotoxicity.

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    Fu, Ying; Habtemariam, Abraha; Pizarro, Ana M; van Rijt, Sabine H; Healey, David J; Cooper, Patricia A; Shnyder, Steven D; Clarkson, Guy J; Sadler, Peter J

    2010-11-25

    Iodido osmium(II) complexes [Os(η(6)-arene)(XY)I](+) (XY = p-hydroxy or p-dimethylaminophenylazopyridine, arene = p-cymene or biphenyl) are potently cytotoxic at nanomolar concentrations toward a panel of human cancer cell lines; e.g., IC(50) = 140 nM for [Os(η(6)-bip)(azpy-NMe(2))I](+) toward A2780 ovarian cancer cells. They exhibit low toxicity and negligible deleterious effects in a colon cancer xenograft model, giving rise to the possibility of a broad therapeutic window. The most active complexes are stable and inert toward aquation. Their cytotoxic activity appears to involve redox mechanisms.

  20. Improved Arene Fluorination Methodology for I(III) Salts

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    Wang, Bijia; Qin, Linlin; Neumann, Kiel D.; Uppaluri, ShriHarsha; Cerny, Ronald L.; DiMagno, Stephen G.

    2010-01-01

    The use of low polarity aromatic solvents (benzene or toluene) and/or the removal of inorganic salts results in dramatically improved yields of fluorinated arenes from diaryliodonium salts. This methodology is shown to “scale down” to the conditions used typically for radiotracer synthesis. PMID:20617820

  1. Arene C-H Amination at Nickel in Terphenyl Diphosphine Complexes with Labile Metal-Arene Interactions

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    Herbert, David E.; Lara, Nadia C.

    2013-01-01

    The meta-terphenyl diphosphine, m-P2: 1, was utilized to support Ni centers in the oxidation states 0, I and II. A series of complexes bearing different substituents and/or ligands at Ni were prepared to investigate the dependence of metal-arene interactions on oxidation state and substitution at the metal. Compound (m-P2)Ni (2), shows close Ni(0)-arene interactions between the metal centre and the central arene ring of the terphenyl ligand both in solution and the solid-state. These interactions are significantly less pronounced in Ni(0) complexes bearing L-type ligands (2-L: L = CH3CN, CO, Ph2CN2), Ni(I)X complexes [3-X: X = Cl, BF4, N3, N3B(C6F5)3] and (m-P2)Ni(II)Cl2 (4). Complex 2 reacts with substrates such as diphenyldiazoalkane, sulfur ylides (Ph2S=CH2), organoazides (RN3: R = para-C6H5OMe, para-C6H5CF3, 1-adamantyl) and N2O with the locus of observed reactivity dependent on the nature of the substrate, leading to isolation of an η1-diphenyldiazoalkane adduct (2-Ph2CN2), methylidene insertion into a Ni-P bond, followed by rearrangement of a nickel-bound phosphorus ylide (5) to a benzylphosphine (6), Staudinger oxidation of the phosphine arms and metal-mediated nitrene insertion into an arene C-H bond of 1 to give the insertion product 8, all derived from the same compound (2). Hydrogen atom abstraction from a nickel(I)-amide (9) and resulting nitrene transfer chemistry supports the viability of nickel-imide intermediates in the reaction of 1 with 1-azido-arenes. PMID:24127196

  2. Pillar-Shaped Macrocyclic Hosts Pillar[n]arenes: New Key Players for Supramolecular Chemistry.

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    Ogoshi, Tomoki; Yamagishi, Tada-Aki; Nakamoto, Yoshiaki

    2016-07-27

    In 2008, we reported a new class of pillar-shaped macrocyclic hosts, known as "pillar[n]arenes". Today, pillar[n]arenes are recognized as key players in supramolecular chemistry because of their facile synthesis, unique pillar shape, versatile functionality, interesting host-guest properties, and original supramolecular assembly characteristics, which have resulted in numerous electrochemical and biomedical material applications. In this Review, we have provided historical background to macrocyclic chemistry, followed by a detailed discussion of the fundamental properties of pillar[n]arenes, including their synthesis, structure, and host-guest properties. Furthermore, we have discussed the applications of pillar[n]arenes to materials science, as well as their applications in supramolecular chemistry, in terms of their fundamental properties. Finally, we have described the future perspectives of pillar[n]arene chemistry. We hope that this Review will provide a useful reference for researchers working in the field and inspire discoveries concerning pillar[n]arene chemistry.

  3. [Accumulation of polycyclic arenes in Baltic Sea algae].

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    Veldre, I A; Itra, A R; Paal'me, L P; Kukk, Kh A

    1985-01-01

    The paper presents data on the level of benzo(a)pyrene (BP) and some other polycyclic arenes in alga and phanerogam specimens from different gulfs of the Baltic Sea. Algae were shown to absorb BP from sea water. The mean concentration of BP in sea water was under 0.004 microgram/1, while in algae it ranged 0.1-21.2 micrograms/kg dry weight. Algae accumulate BP to a higher degree than phanerogams. The highest concentrations of BP were found in algae Enteromorpha while the lowest ones in Furcellaria. In annual green algae, BP level was higher in autumn, i. e. at the end of vegetation period, than in spring. Brown algae Fucus vesiculosus is recommended for monitoring polycyclic arene pollution in the area from Vormsi Island to Käsmu and green algae Cladophora or Enteromorpha in the eastern part of the Finnish Gulf.

  4. Alkali-metalated forms of thiacalix[4]arenes.

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    Zeller, Jürgen; Radius, Udo

    2006-11-13

    The alkali metal salts [TCALi4] (1), [TCANa4] (2), and [TCALK4] (3) of fully deprotonated p-tert-butyltetrathiacalix[4]arene (H(4)TCA) are readily available from the reactions of thiacalix[4]arene and n-BuLi, NaH, or KH as deprotonating reagents. Crystals of the sodium salts 2 and the potassium salt 3 suitable for X-ray diffraction were obtained in the form of the pyridine solvates [(TCA)2Na8.8py] (2.8py) and [(TCA)2K(8).8py] (3.8py). These molecules are dimers in the solid state but are structurally not related. In addition, the reaction of H(4)TCA and lithium hydroxide afforded the structurally characterized complex [(TCA)Li5(OH).4THF] (4). The molecular structure of 4 as well as the structures of 2.8py and 3.8py reveal a close relationship to the corresponding alkali metal salts of the calix[4]arenes.

  5. Calix[4]arene Based Single-Molecule Magnets

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    Karotsis, Georgios; Teat, Simon J.; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Piligkos, Stergios; Dalgarno, Scott J.; Brechin, Euan K.

    2009-06-04

    Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) have been the subject of much interest in recent years because their molecular nature and inherent physical properties allow the crossover between classical and quantum physics to be observed. The macroscopic observation of quantum phenomena - tunneling between different spin states, quantum interference between tunnel paths - not only allows scientists to study quantum mechanical laws in great detail, but also provides model systems with which to investigate the possible implementation of spin-based solid state qubits and molecular spintronics. The isolation of small, simple SMMs is therefore an exciting prospect. To date almost all SMMs have been made via the self-assembly of 3d metal ions in the presence of bridging/chelating organic ligands. However, very recently an exciting new class of SMMs, based on 3d metal clusters (or single lanthanide ions) housed within polyoxometalates, has appeared. These types of molecule, in which the SMM is completely encapsulated within (or shrouded by) a 'protective' organic or inorganic sheath have much potential for design and manipulation: for example, for the removal of unwanted dipolar interactions, the introduction of redox activity, or to simply aid functionalization for surface grafting. Calix[4]arenes are cyclic (typically bowl-shaped) polyphenols that have been used extensively in the formation of versatile self-assembled supramolecular structures. Although many have been reported, p-{sup t}But-calix[4]arene and calix[4]arene (TBC4 and C4 respectively, Figure 1A) are frequently encountered due to (a) synthetic accessibility, and (b) vast potential for alteration at either the upper or lower rim of the macrocyclic framework. Within the field of supramolecular chemistry, TBC4 is well known for interesting polymorphic behavior and phase transformations within anti-parallel bi-layer arrays, while C4 often forms self-included trimers. The polyphenolic nature of calix[n]arenes (where n = 4

  6. Tuning reactivity and site selectivity of simple arenes in C-H activation: ortho-arylation of anisoles via arene-metal π-complexation.

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    Ricci, Paolo; Krämer, Katrina; Larrosa, Igor

    2014-12-31

    Current approaches to achieve site selectivity in the C-H activation of arenes involve the use of directing groups or highly electron-poor arenes. In contrast, simple arenes, such as anisole, are characterized by poor reactivity and selectivity. We report that π-complexation to a Cr(CO)3 unit enhances the reactivity of anisoles providing an unprecedented ortho-selective arylation. This mild methodology can be used for the late stage functionalization of bioactive compounds containing the anisole motif, allowing the construction of novel organic scaffolds with few synthetic steps.

  7. A route for lignin and bio-oil conversion: dehydroxylation of phenols into arenes by catalytic tandem reactions.

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    Wang, Xingyu; Rinaldi, Roberto

    2013-10-25

    Finding a workaround: The conversion of lignin into low-boiling-point arenes instead of high-boiling-point phenols could greatly facilitate conventional refinery processes. A new procedure for the depolymerization of lignin and simultaneous conversion phenols into arenes is described. The method can also be rendered as a fundamental finding for the upgrade of bio-oils to arenes under mild conditions.

  8. Ruthenium-catalyzed direct C-H amidation of arenes including weakly coordinating aromatic ketones.

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    Kim, Jiyu; Kim, Jinwoo; Chang, Sukbok

    2013-06-03

    C-H activation: The ruthenium-catalyzed direct sp(2) C-H amidation of arenes by using sulfonyl azides as the amino source is presented (see scheme). A wide range of substrates were readily amidated including arenes bearing weakly coordinating groups. Synthetic utility of the thus obtained products was demonstrated in the preparation of biologically active heterocycles.

  9. Glued Langmuir-Blodgett bilayers from calix[n]arenes: Influence of calix[n]arene size on ionic cross-linking, film thickness, and permeation selectivity

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    Wang, Minghui; Janout, Vaclav; Regen, Steven L.

    2010-07-12

    A homologous series of calix[4]arene-, calix[5]arene- and calix[6]arene-based surfactants, containing pendant trimethylammonium and n-hexadecyl groups, have been compared with respect to their ability (i) to undergo ionic crosslinking at the air/water interface, (ii) to incorporate poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) bilayers, and (iii) to act as barriers towards He, N2 and CO2 when assembled into crosslinked LB bilayers. As these calix[n]arenes increase in size, their ability to undergo ionic crosslinking has been found to increase, the thickness of corresponding glued LB bilayers has been found to decrease, and their barrier properties and permeation selectivities have been found to increase. Inmore » conclusion, the likely origin for these effects and the probable mechanism by which He, N2 and CO2 cross these ultrathin films are discussed.« less

  10. Solution structures of nanoassemblies based on pyrogallol[4]arenes.

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    Kumari, Harshita; Deakyne, Carol A; Atwood, Jerry L

    2014-10-21

    Nanoassemblies of hydrogen-bonded and metal-seamed pyrogallol[4]arenes have been shown to possess novel solution-phase geometries. Further, we have demonstrated that both guest encapsulation and structural rearrangements may be studied by solution-phase techniques such as small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and diffusion NMR. Application of these techniques to pyrogallol[4]arene-based nanoassemblies has allowed (1) differentiation among spherical, ellipsoidal, toroidal, and tubular structures in solution, (2) determination of factors that control the preferred geometrical shape and size of the nanoassemblies, and (3) detection of small variations in metric dimensions distinguishing similarly and differently shaped nanoassemblies in a given solution. Indeed, we have shown that the solution-phase structure of such nanoassemblies is often quite different from what one would predict based on solid-state studies, a result in disagreement with the frequently made assumption that these assemblies have similar structures in the two phases. We instead have predicted solid-state architectures from solution-phase structures by combining the solution-phase analysis with solid-state magnetic and elemental analyses. Specifically, the iron-seamed C-methylpyrogallol[4]arene nanoassembly was found to be tubular in solution and predicted to be tubular in the solid state, but it was found to undergo a rearrangement from a tubular to spherical geometry in solution as a function of base concentration. The absence of metal within a tubular framework affects its stability in both solution and the solid state; however, this instability is not necessarily characteristic of hydrogen-bonded capsular entities. Even metal seaming of the capsules does not guarantee similar solid-state and solution-phase architectures. The rugby ball-shaped gallium-seamed C-butylpyrogallol[4]arene hexamer becomes toroidal on dissolution, as does the spherically shaped gallium/zinc-seamed C-butylpyrogallol[4

  11. Clickable di- and tetrafunctionalized pillar[n]arenes (n = 5, 6) by oxidation-reduction of pillar[n]arene units.

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    Ogoshi, Tomoki; Yamafuji, Daiki; Kotera, Daisuke; Aoki, Takamichi; Fujinami, Shuhei; Yamagishi, Tada-aki

    2012-12-21

    We report a new route for the selective synthesis of di- and tetrafunctionalized pillararenes via oxidation and reduction of the pillararene units. Hypervalent-iodine oxidation of perethylated pillar[5]arene afforded pillar[5]arene derivatives containing one benzoquinone unit and two benzoquinones at the A,B- and A,C-units. A pillar[6]arene derivative containing one benzoquinone unit was also synthesized. Reduction of the benzoquinone units yielded position-selective di- and tetrahydroxylated pillararene derivatives. This methodology avoids the generation of many constitutional isomers and overcomes the isolation problem of numerous constitutional isomers. From these hydroxylated pillararenes, Huisgen reaction-based clickable di- and tetraalkynylated pillar[5]arenes were prepared. Because of the highly selective and reactive nature of Huisgen alkyne-azide cycloaddition, these pillar[5]arenes can serve as key compounds for a large library of di- and tetrafunctionalized pillararenes. Based on these di- and tetrafunctionalized pillar[5]arenes as key compounds, fluorescent sensors were created by the modification of di- and tetrapyrene moieties via Huisgen-type click reactions.

  12. Solution superstructures: truncated cubeoctahedron structures of pyrogallol[4]arene nanoassemblies.

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    Kumari, Harshita; Kline, Steven R; Fowler, Drew A; Mossine, Andrew V; Deakyne, Carol A; Atwood, Jerry L

    2014-01-04

    Giant nanocapsules: the solution-phase structures of PgC1Ho and PgC3Ho have been investigated using in situ neutron scattering measurements. The SANS results show the presence of spherical nanoassemblies of radius 18.2 Å, which are larger than the previously reported metal-seamed PgC3 hexamers (radius = 10 Å). The spherical architectures conform to a truncated cubeoctahedron geometry, indicating formation of the first metal-containing pyrogallol[4]arene-based dodecameric nanoassemblies in solution.

  13. Host-Guest Complexes of Carboxylated Pillar[n]arenes With Drugs.

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    Wheate, Nial J; Dickson, Kristie-Ann; Kim, Ryung Rae; Nematollahi, Alireza; Macquart, René B; Kayser, Veysel; Yu, Guocan; Church, W Bret; Marsh, Deborah J

    2016-12-01

    Pillar[n]arenes are a new family of nanocapsules that have shown application in a number of areas, but because of their poor water solubility their biomedical applications are limited. Recently, a method of synthesizing water-soluble pillar[n]arenes was developed. In this study, carboxylated pillar[n]arenes (WP[n], n = 6 or 7) have been examined for their ability to form host-guest complexes with compounds relevant to drug delivery and biodiagnostic applications. Both pillar[n]arenes form host-guest complexes with memantine, chlorhexidine hydrochloride, and proflavine by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance and modeling. Binding is stabilized by hydrophobic effects within the cavities, and hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions at the portals. Encapsulation within WP[6] results in the complete and efficient quenching of proflavine fluorescence, giving rise to "on" and "off" states that have potential in biodiagnostics. The toxicity of the pillar[n]arenes was examined using in vitro growth assays with the OVCAR-3 and HEK293 cell lines. The pillar[n]arenes are relatively nontoxic to cells except at high doses and after prolonged continuous exposure. Overall, the results show that there could be a potentially large range of medical applications for carboxylated pillar[n]arene nanocapsules.

  14. Synthesis and functionalization of inherently chiral tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]pyridines.

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    Pan, Shuai; Wang, De-Xian; Zhao, Liang; Wang, Mei-Xiang

    2012-12-21

    Inherently chiral tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]pyridines containing C(2) symmetry were synthesized efficiently from a macrocyclic condensation reaction of resorcinol derivatives with 2,6-dichloro-3-nitropyridine in a one-pot reaction manner, while tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]pyridine with an ABCD-substitution pattern was prepared in a good yield by means of a stepwise fragment coupling approach. Postmacrocyclization chemical manipulations led to functionalized tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]pyridines. A racemic sample was resolved into enantiopure (+)- and (-)-inherently chiral compounds.

  15. Organometallic osmium(II) arene anticancer complexes containing picolinate derivatives.

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    van Rijt, Sabine H; Peacock, Anna F A; Johnstone, Russell D L; Parsons, Simon; Sadler, Peter J

    2009-02-16

    Chlorido osmium(II) arene [(eta(6)-biphenyl)Os(II)(X-pico)Cl] complexes containing X = Br (1), OH (2), and Me (3) as ortho, or X = Cl (4), CO(2)H (5), and Me (6) as para substituents on the picolinate (pico) ring have been synthesized and characterized. The X-ray crystal structures of 1 and 6 show typical "piano-stool" geometry with intermolecular pi-pi stacking of the biphenyl outer rings of 6. At 288 K the hydrolysis rates follow the order 2 > 6 > 4 > 3 > 5 > 1 with half-lives ranging from minutes to 4.4 h illustrating the influence of both electronic and steric effects of the substituents. The pK(a) values of the aqua adducts 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A were all in the range of 6.3-6.6. The para-substituted pico complexes 4-6 readily formed adducts with both 9-ethyl guanine (9EtG) and 9-ethyl adenine (9EtA), but these were less favored for the ortho-substituted complexes 1 and 3 showing little reaction with 9EtG and 9EtA, respectively. Density-functional theory calculations confirmed the observed preferences for nucleobase binding for complex 1. In cytotoxicity assays with A2780, cisplatin-resistant A2780cis human ovarian, A549 human lung, and HCT116 colon cancer cells, only complexes 4 (p-Cl) and 6 (p-Me) exhibited significant activity (IC(50) values < 25 microM). Both of these complexes were as active as cisplatin in A2780 (ovarian) and HCT116 (colon) cell lines, and even overcome cisplatin resistance in the A2780cis (ovarian) cell line. The inactivity of 5 is attributed to the negative charge on its para carboxylate substituent. These data illustrate how the chemical reactivity and cancer cell cytotoxicity of osmium arene complexes can be controlled and "fine-tuned" by the use of steric and electronic effects of substituents on a chelating ligand to give osmium(II) arene complexes which are as active as cisplatin but have a different mechanism of action.

  16. Gas Concentration Mapping of Arenal Volcano Using AVEMS

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    Diaz, J. Andres; Arkin, C. Richard; Griffin, Timothy P.; Conejo, Elian; Heinrich, Kristel; Soto, Carlomagno

    2005-01-01

    The Airborne Volcanic Emissions Mass Spectrometer (AVEMS) System developed by NASA-Kennedy Space Center and deployed in collaboration with the National Center for Advanced Technology (CENAT) and the University of Costa Rica was used for mapping the volcanic plume of Arenal Volcano, the most active volcano in Costa Rica. The measurements were conducted as part of the second CARTA (Costa Rica Airborne Research and Technology Application) mission conducted in March 2005. The CARTA 2005 mission, involving multiple sensors and agencies, consisted of three different planes collecting data over all of Costa Rica. The WB-57F from NASA collected ground data with a digital camera, an analog photogrametric camera (RC-30), a multispectral scanner (MASTER) and a hyperspectral sensor (HYMAP). The second aircraft, a King Air 200 from DoE, mounted with a LIDAR based instrument, targeted topography mapping and forest density measurements. A smaller third aircraft, a Navajo from Costa Rica, integrated with the AVEMS instrument and designed for real-time measurements of air pollutants from both natural and anthropogenic sources, was flown over the volcanoes. The improved AVEMS system is designed for deployment via aircraft, car or hand-transport. The 85 pound system employs a 200 Da quadrupole mass analyzer, has a volume of 92,000 cubic cm, requires 350 W of power at steady state, can operate up to an altitude of 41,000 feet above sea level (-65 C; 50 torr). The system uses on-board gas bottles on-site calibration and is capable of monitoring and quantifying up to 16 gases simultaneously. The in-situ gas data in this work, consisting of helium, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and acetone, was acquired in conjunction of GPS data which was plotted with the ground imagery, topography and remote sensing data collected by the other instruments, allowing the 3 dimensional visualization of the volcanic plume at Arenal Volcano. The modeling of possible scenarios of Arenal s activity and its

  17. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Aren't One-Size-Fits-All

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    ... Bowel Syndrome Treatments Aren't One-Size-Fits-All Share Tweet Linkedin Pin it More sharing options ... the United States. No one remedy works for all patients, so there’s a great medical need to ...

  18. Arene-metal π-complexation as a traceless reactivity enhancer for C-H arylation.

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    Ricci, Paolo; Krämer, Katrina; Cambeiro, Xacobe C; Larrosa, Igor

    2013-09-11

    Current approaches to facilitate C-H arylation of arenes involve the use of either strongly electron-withdrawing substituents or directing groups. Both approaches require structural modification of the arene, limiting their generality. We present a new approach where C-H arylation is made possible without altering the connectivity of the arene via π-complexation of a Cr(CO)3 unit, greatly enhancing the reactivity of the aromatic C-H bonds. We apply this approach to monofluorobenzenes, highly unreactive arenes, which upon complexation become nearly as reactive as pentafluorobenzene itself in their couplings with iodoarenes. DFT calculations indicate that C-H activation via a concerted metalation-deprotonation transition state is facilitated by the predisposition of C-H bonds in (Ar-H)Cr(CO)3 to bend out of the aromatic plane.

  19. Structural characterization and some coordinational aspects of tetrathiacalix[4]arenes functionalized by hydrazide groups

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    Podyachev, Sergey N.; Gubaidullin, Aidar T.; Syakaev, Victor V.; Sudakova, Svetlana N.; Masliy, Aleksey N.; Saifina, Alina F.; Burmakina, Nadezda Е.; Kuznetsov, Andrey M.; Shagidullin, Roald R.; Avvakumova, Ludmila V.; Konovalov, Alexander I.

    2010-04-01

    The structural peculiarities of tetrathiacalix[4]arenes with acetylhydrazide substitutes in cone and 1,3 -alternate conformations have been determined by means of X-ray analysis, IR and NMR spectroscopy. The structural and molecular modeling data were used in the interpretation of binding properties of calix[4]arene tetrahydrazides. The quantum-chemical calculations at the DFT level using the PBE exchange-correlation functional were performed for the complexation of 1,3 -alternate conformer of tetrathiacalix[4]arene with Ag + ion. It was shown that the removal of tert-butyl groups from tert-butyltetrathiacalix[4]arene platform facilitates a bis-ligand coordination of the metal ion and leads to a remarkable increase of Ag + extraction efficiency.

  20. DFT study of hydrogen bonding and IR spectra of calix[6]arene

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    Furer, V. L.; Potapova, L. I.; Kovalenko, V. I.

    2017-01-01

    IR and far IR spectra of calix[6]arene were recorded at various temperatures, between 16 and 180 °C and spectra of solutions and crystalline solids were obtained. Density functional calculations (DFT) gave vibrational frequencies and infrared intensities for the compressed cone conformation. Complete assignments were made for experimental IR spectrum of the compressed cone conformer. DFT calculations, in conjunction with experimental data give a better understanding of the effect of hydrogen bonding on the typical bands of calixarenes. Method of FTIR spectroscopy shows that a cyclic cooperative intramolecular hydrogen bond is implemented in calix[6]arene. Weakening of the cooperative hydrogen bond in calixarenes is caused by the mutual influence of covalent and hydrogen-bonded macrocycles on each other. Analysis of IR spectra changes during heating showed that calix[6]arene remains in the compressed cone conformation. In a molecule of calix[6]arene six oxygen atoms form a "boat" conformation with three pairs of hydrogen bonds.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous silica functionalized with calix[4]arene derivatives.

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    Alahmadi, Sana M; Mohamad, Sharifah; Maah, Mohd Jamil

    2012-10-23

    This work reports a new method to covalently attach calix[4]arene derivatives onto MCM-41, using a diisocyanate as a linker. The modified mesoporous silicates were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal analysis (TGA) and elemental analysis. The FTIR spectra and TGA analysis verified that the calix[4]arene derivates are covalently attached to the mesoporous silica. The preservation of the MCM-41 channel system was checked by X-ray diffraction and nitrogen adsorption analysis.

  2. Double heteroatom functionalization of arenes using benzyne three-component coupling.

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    García-López, José-Antonio; Çetin, Meliha; Greaney, Michael F

    2015-02-09

    Arynes participate in three-component coupling reactions with N, S, P, and Se functionalities to yield 1,2-heteroatom-difunctionalized arenes. Using 2-iodophenyl arylsulfonates as benzyne precursors, we could effectively add magnesiated S-, Se-, and N-nucleophilic components to the strained triple bond. In the same pot, addition of electrophilic N, S, or P reagents and a copper(I) catalyst trapped the intermediate aryl Grignard to produce a variety of 1,2-difunctionalized arenes.

  3. Chemoselective hydrogenation of arenes by PVP supported Rh nanoparticles.

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    Ibrahim, Mahmoud; Poreddy, Raju; Philippot, Karine; Riisager, Anders; Garcia-Suarez, Eduardo J

    2016-12-06

    Polyvinylpyrrolidone-stabilized Rh nanoparticles (RhNPs/PVP) of ca. 2.2 nm in size were prepared by the hydrogenation of the organometallic complex [Rh(η(3)-C3H5)3] in the presence of PVP and evaluated as a catalyst in the hydrogenation of a series of arene substrates as well as levulinic acid and methyl levulinate. The catalyst showed excellent activity and selectivity towards aromatic ring hydrogenation compared to other reported transition metal-based catalysts under mild reaction conditions (room temperature and 1 bar H2). Furthermore, it was shown to be a highly promising catalyst for the hydrogenation of levulinic acid and methyl levulinate in water leading to quantitative formation of the fuel additive γ-valerolactone under moderate reaction conditions compared to previously reported catalytic systems.

  4. Modulating the Anticancer Activity of Ruthenium(II)-Arene Complexes.

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    Clavel, Catherine M; Păunescu, Emilia; Nowak-Sliwinska, Patrycja; Griffioen, Arjan W; Scopelliti, Rosario; Dyson, Paul J

    2015-04-23

    Following the identification of [Ru(η(6)-p-cymene)Cl2(1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl-3-(pyridin-3-yl)propanoate)], a ruthenium(II)-arene complex with a perfluoroalkyl-modified ligand that displays remarkable in vitro cancer cell selectivity, a series of structurally related compounds were designed. In the new derivatives, the p-cymene ring and/or the chloride ligands are substituted by other ligands to modulate the steric bulk or aquation kinetics. The new compounds were evaluated in both in vitro (cytotoxicity and migration assays) and in vivo (chicken chorioallantoic membrane) models and were found to exhibit potent antivascular effects.

  5. Kinetic and equilibrium lithium acidities of arenes: theory and experiment.

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    Streitwieser, Andrew; Shah, Kamesh; Reyes, Julius R; Zhang, Xingyue; Davis, Nicole R; Wu, Eric C

    2010-08-26

    Kinetic acidities of arenes, ArH, measured some time ago by hydrogen isotope exchange kinetics with lithium cyclohexylamide (LiCHA) in cyclohexylamine (CHA) show a wide range of reactivities that involve several electronic mechanisms. These experimental reactivities give an excellent Brønsted correlation with equilibrium lithium ion pair acidities (pK(Li)) derived as shown recently from computations of ArLi.2E (E = dimethyl ether). The various electronic mechanisms are well modeled by ab initio HF calculations with modest basis sets. Additional calculations using NH(3) as a model for CHA further characterize the TS of the exchange reactions. The slopes of Brønsted correlations of ion pair systems can vary depending on the nature of the ion pairs.

  6. Homodiselenacalix[4]arenes: Molecules with Unique Channelled Crystal Structures.

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    Thomas, Joice; Dobrzańska, Liliana; Van Meervelt, Luc; Quevedo, Mario Alfredo; Woźniak, Krzysztof; Stachowicz, Marcin; Smet, Mario; Maes, Wouter; Dehaen, Wim

    2016-01-18

    A synthetic route towards homodiselenacalix[4]arene macrocycles is presented, based on the dynamic covalent chemistry of diselenides. The calixarene inner rim is decorated with either alkoxy or tert-butyl ester groups. Single-crystal X-ray analysis of two THF solvates with methoxy and ethoxy substituents reveals the high similarity of their molecular structures and alterations on the supramolecular level. In both crystal structures, solvent channels are present and differ in both shape and capacity. Furthermore, the methoxy-substituted macrocycle undergoes a single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation during which the molecular structure changes its conformation from 1,3-alternate (loaded with THF/water) to 1,2-alternate (apohost form). Molecular modelling techniques were applied to explore the conformational and energetic behaviour of the macrocycles.

  7. Activation of C-H bonds of arenes: selectivity and reactivity in bis(pyridyl) platinum(II) complexes.

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    Zhang, Fenbao; Kirby, Christopher W; Hairsine, Douglas W; Jennings, Michael C; Puddephatt, Richard J

    2005-10-19

    The reaction of [PtMe2(NN)] and B(C6F5)3/H2O in CF3CH2OH with arenes Ar-H gives [PtAr{HOB(C6F5)3}(LL)] if the bis(pyridyl) ligand NN forms a six-membered, but not five-membered, chelate ring; methyl-substituted arenes give selectivity for metalation of meta > para > ortho, but methoxy-substituted arenes give ortho > meta, para.

  8. Bipyrimidine ruthenium(II) arene complexes: structure, reactivity and cytotoxicity.

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    Betanzos-Lara, Soledad; Novakova, Olga; Deeth, Robert J; Pizarro, Ana M; Clarkson, Guy J; Liskova, Barbora; Brabec, Viktor; Sadler, Peter J; Habtemariam, Abraha

    2012-10-01

    The synthesis and characterization of complexes [(η(6)-arene)Ru(N,N')X][PF(6)], where arene is para-cymene (p-cym), biphenyl (bip), ethyl benzoate (etb), hexamethylbenzene (hmb), indane (ind) or 1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene (thn), N,N' is 2,2'-bipyrimidine (bpm) and X is Cl, Br or I, are reported, including the X-ray crystal structures of [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bpm)I][PF(6)], [(η(6)-bip)Ru(bpm)Cl][PF(6)], [(η(6)-bip)Ru(bpm)I][PF(6)] and [(η(6)-etb)Ru(bpm)Cl][PF(6)]. Complexes in which N,N' is 1,10-phenanthroline (phen), 1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-dione or 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (bathophen) were studied for comparison. The Ru(II) arene complexes undergo ligand-exchange reactions in aqueous solution at 310 K; their half-lives for hydrolysis range from 14 to 715 min. Density functional theory calculations on [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bpm)Cl][PF(6)], [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bpm)Br][PF(6)], [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bpm)I][PF(6)], [(η(6)-bip)Ru(bpm)Cl][PF(6)], [(η(6)-bip)Ru(bpm)Br][PF(6)] and [(η(6)-bip)Ru(bpm)I][PF(6)] suggest that aquation occurs via an associative pathway and that the reaction is thermodynamically favourable when the leaving ligand is I > Br ≈ Cl. pK (a)* values for the aqua adducts of the complexes range from 6.9 to 7.32. A binding preference for 9-ethylguanine (9-EtG) compared with 9-ethyladenine (9-EtA) was observed for [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bpm)Cl][PF(6)], [(η(6)-hmb)Ru(bpm)Cl](+), [(η(6)-ind)Ru(bpm)Cl](+), [(η(6)-thn)Ru(bpm)Cl](+), [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(phen)Cl](+) and [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bathophen)Cl](+) in aqueous solution at 310 K. The X-ray crystal structure of the guanine complex [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bpm)(9-EtG-N7)][PF(6)](2) shows multiple hydrogen bonding. Density functional theory calculations show that the 9-EtG adducts of all complexes are thermodynamically preferred compared with those of 9-EtA. However, the bmp complexes are inactive towards A2780 human ovarian cancer cells. Calf thymus DNA interactions for [(η(6)-p-cym)Ru(bpm)Cl][PF(6)] and [(η(6)-p

  9. C-H Bond Activation/Arylation Catalyzed by Arene-Ruthenium-Aniline Complexes in Water.

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    Binnani, Chinky; Tyagi, Deepika; Rai, Rohit K; Mobin, Shaikh M; Singh, Sanjay K

    2016-11-07

    Water-soluble arene-ruthenium complexes coordinated with readily available aniline-based ligands were successfully employed as highly active catalysts in the C-H bond activation and arylation of 2-phenylpyridine with aryl halides in water. A variety of (hetero)aryl halides were also used for the ortho-C-H bond arylation of 2-phenylpyridine to afford the corresponding ortho- monoarylated products as major products in moderate to good yields. Our investigations, including time-scaled NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry studies, evidenced that the coordinating aniline-based ligands, having varying electronic and steric properties, had a significant influence on the catalytic activity of the resulting arene-ruthenium-aniline-based complexes. Moreover, mass spectrometry identification of the cycloruthenated species, {(η(6) -arene)Ru(κ(2) -C,N-phenylpyridine)}(+) , and several ligand-coordinated cycloruthenated species, such as [(η(6) -arene)Ru(4-methylaniline)(κ(2) -C,N-phenylpyridine)](+) , found during the reaction of 2-phenylpyridine with the arene-ruthenium-aniline complexes further authenticated the crucial roles of these species in the observed highly active and tuned catalyst. At last, the structures of a few of the active catalysts were also confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies.

  10. Pillar[5,6]arene-functionalized silicon dioxide: synthesis, characterization, and adsorption of herbicide.

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    Zhou, Ting; Song, Nan; Yu, Hao; Yang, Ying-Wei

    2015-02-03

    A layer of synthetic supramolecular macrocycles, that is, perhydroxyl-pillar[5]arene and perhydroxyl-pillar[6]arene, has been covalently attached to hydrophilic silica supports through Si-O-Si linkages with a coverage of up to 250 μmol pillar[5,6]arenes/g to form novel absorbent hybrid materials. Their adsorption toward a typical herbicide, namely, paraquat, from its aqueous solution has been investigated. Kinetic studies disclosed that paraquat adsorption fits a first-order kinetic model. Equilibrium adsorption data could be explained very well by the Langmuir equation. The pillar[6]arene-modified materials showed more obvious adsorption as compared with pillar[5]arene-modified ones and the saturation adsorption quantity reached about 0.20 mmol of paraquat per gram of materials. The entire process of adsorption was endothermic, and significantly an elevated temperature led to an increase in the adsorption quantity. This new type of pillarene-based adsorbent materials can be considered as a potential adsorbent for harmful substances removal from wastewaters.

  11. Direct access to pyrazolo(benzo)thienoquinolines. Highly effective palladium catalysts for the intramolecular C-H heteroarylation of arenes.

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    Churruca, Fátima; Hernández, Susana; Perea, María; SanMartin, Raul; Domínguez, Esther

    2013-02-18

    A short and atom-efficient strategy to obtain a series of pyrazolo(benzo)thienoquinolines is developed. Alternative catalytic systems for the key intramolecular direct heteroarylation of arenes are presented and include the first example of C-H (hetero)arylation of (hetero)arenes catalyzed by very low catalyst loadings of a palladium source.

  12. Experimental and theoretical NMR determination of isoniazid and sodium p-sulfonatocalix[n]arenes inclusion complexes.

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    de Assis, João V; Teixeira, Milena G; Soares, Cássia G P; Lopes, Juliana F; Carvalho, Guilherme S L; Lourenço, Maria C S; de Almeida, Mauro V; de Almeida, Wagner B; Fernandes, Sergio A

    2012-10-09

    In this work the inclusion complex formation of isoniazid with sodium p-sulfonatocalix[n]arenes is reported aiming to improve the physicochemical and biopharmaceutical properties of isoniazid a first line antibuberculosis drug. The architectures of the complexes were proposed according to NMR data Job plot indicating details on the insertion of the isoniazid in the calix[n]arenes cavities. DFT theoretical NMR calculations were also performed for sodium p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene complex with isoniazid, with various modes of complexation being considered, to provide support for the experimental proposal. A comparison between experimental and theoretical ¹H NMR chemical shifts profiles allowed for the inclusion complex characterization confirming the isoniazid inclusion mode which is preferentially through the hydrazide moiety. The remarkable agreement between experimental and theoretical NMR profiles adds support to their use in the structural characterization of inclusion compounds. Antibacterial activity was evaluated and the results indicated the inclusion complexes as a potential strategy for tuberculosis treatment.

  13. Preparation of phenols by phthaloyl peroxide-mediated oxidation of arenes.

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    Yuan, Changxia; Eliasen, Anders M; Camelio, Andrew M; Siegel, Dionicio

    2014-11-01

    This protocol describes an approach to installing hydroxyls into arenes through the direct replacement of C-H bonds with C-O bonds. This direct oxidation avoids the need to prefunctionalize the substrate, use precious metals, introduce directing groups, or use strong Brønsted or Lewis acids. Phthaloyl peroxide, the sole reagent used for this transformation, can be prepared readily from the commodity chemicals phthaloyl chloride and sodium percarbonate. Phthaloyl peroxide oxidizes a diverse range of arenes, and the reactions that involve its use are characterized by high functional group compatibility, which enables the hydroxylation of simple arenes, advanced synthetic intermediates, natural products and other drug-like molecules forming the corresponding phenolic compounds. Notably, the reaction is operationally straightforward and has no special requirements for the exclusion of oxygen and water. The synthesis of phthaloyl peroxide takes 4  h and the subsequent hydroxylation of mesitylene takes 21  h.

  14. Syntheses and structural characterization of trivalent lanthanide complexes of p-sulfonatothiacalix[4]arene

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    Guo, Qian-ling; Zhu, Wen-xiang; Ma, Shu-lan; Yuan, Da-qiang; Dong, Shu-jing; Xu, Miao-qiong

    2004-03-01

    The X-ray crystallographic studies are reported for the water-soluble trivalent lanthanide complexes of the macrocyclic p-sulfonatothiacalix[4]arene [Gd(H 2O) 6((CH 3) 2SO)( p-sulfonatothiacalix[4]arene)]·H 3O +·5H 2O ( 1) and Na[Nd(H 2O) 6((CH 3) 2SO)( p-sulfonatothiacalix[4]arene)]·3H 2O ( 2). The complexes are isostructural and belong to monoclinic system, C2/m space group. The Ln 3+ metal ion is coordinated by the thiacalixarene ligand via the sulfonato group, and also ligated by an oxygen atom of a dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) molecule that occupies the cavity of the thiacalixarene and six aqua ligands. The thiacalixarenes are linked by the coordinated water molecules through hydrogen bonding to form a 2D polymer. The p-sulfonatothiacalixarenes maintain the clay-like bi-layer structure in the coordination network.

  15. Removal of uranyl ions by p-hexasulfonated calyx[6]arene acid

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    Popescu (Hoştuc), Ioana-Carmen; Petru, Filip; Humelnicu, Ionel; Mateescu, Marina; Militaru, Ecaterina; Humelnicu, Doina

    2014-10-01

    Radioactive pollution is a significant threat for the people’s health. Therefore highly effective radioactive decontamination methods are required. Ion exchange, biotechnologies and phytoremediation in constructed wetlands have been used as radioactive decontamination technologies for uranium contaminated soil and water remediation. Recently, beside those classical methods the calix[n]arenic derivatives’ utilization as radioactive decontaminators has jogged attention. The present work aims to present the preliminary research results of uranyl ion sorption studies on the p-hexasulfonated calyx[6]arenic acid. The effect of temperature, contact time, sorbent amount and uranyl concentration variation on sorption efficiency was investigated. Isotherm models revealed that the sorption process fit better Langmuir isotherm.

  16. Bis-15-crown-5-ether-pillar[5]arene K(+)-Responsive Channels.

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    Feng, Wei-Xu; Sun, Zhanhu; Zhang, Yan; Legrand, Yves-Marie; Petit, Eddy; Su, Cheng-Yong; Barboiu, Mihail

    2017-03-17

    An artificial selective K(+) channel is formed from the supramolecular organization on bis(benzo-15-crown-5- ether-ureido)-pillar[5]arene compound. This channel achieves a selectivity of SK(+)/Na(+) = 5 for an initial transport rate of kK(+) = 3.2 × 10(-3) s(-1). The cation-file diffusion occurs via selective macrocyclic-filters anchored on inactive supporting pillar[5]arene relays. The sandwich-type binding geometry of the K(+) cation by two 15-crown-5 moieties sites is a key feature influencing channel efficiency.

  17. Arene-ruthenium(II) complexes with hydrophilic P-donor ligands: versatile catalysts in aqueous media.

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    Crochet, Pascale; Cadierno, Victorio

    2014-09-07

    In the last few years there has been increasing interest in the use of water as a reaction medium for catalysis, and therefore in designing water-soluble transition-metal catalysts. Half-sandwich (η(6)-arene)-ruthenium(ii) complexes are a versatile and well-known family of ruthenium compounds that exhibit a rich catalytic and coordination chemistry. This Perspective article focuses on the catalytic applications in aqueous media of (η(6)-arene)-ruthenium(ii) complexes containing water-soluble phosphines, and related hydrophilic P-donor ligands.

  18. Controlled 2D Assembly of Nickel-Seamed Hexameric Pyrogallol[4]arene Nanocapsules.

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    Zhang, Chen; Patil, Rahul S; Liu, Chong; Barnes, Charles L; Atwood, Jerry L

    2017-03-01

    The two-dimensional framework of nickel-seamed hexameric metal-organic nanocapsules has been synthesized by connecting the tailed hydroxyl groups of C-propan-3-ol pyrogallol[4]arene with adjacent hexameric capsules via nickel-hydroxyl coordination. In addition, functionalization of nanocapsules with multiple pyridine molecules at the capsule surface prevents them from assembling into hierarchical structures and leads to the formation of discrete nickel-seamed pyrogallol[4]arene nanocapsules. This work shows that surface functionalization of nanocapsules is an effective and innovative method of controlling the assembly of these nanometric building blocks.

  19. Inherently chiral calix[4]arenes via oxazoline directed ortholithiation: synthesis and probe of chiral space

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    Herbert, Simon A; van Laeren, Laura J; Castell, Dominic C

    2014-01-01

    Summary The diastereoselective oxazoline-directed lithiation of calix[4]arenes is reported with diastereoselective ratios of greater than 100:1 in some instances. Notably, it has been found that the opposite diastereomer can be accessed via this approach merely through the choice of an alkyllithium reagent. The inherently chiral oxazoline calix[4]arenes have also been preliminarily examined as ligands in the palladium-catalyzed Tsuji–Trost allylation reaction, returning results comparable to their planar chiral ferrocene counterparts pointing towards future application of these types of compounds. PMID:25550740

  20. Inherently chiral calix[4]arenes via oxazoline directed ortholithiation: synthesis and probe of chiral space.

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    Herbert, Simon A; van Laeren, Laura J; Castell, Dominic C; Arnott, Gareth E

    2014-01-01

    The diastereoselective oxazoline-directed lithiation of calix[4]arenes is reported with diastereoselective ratios of greater than 100:1 in some instances. Notably, it has been found that the opposite diastereomer can be accessed via this approach merely through the choice of an alkyllithium reagent. The inherently chiral oxazoline calix[4]arenes have also been preliminarily examined as ligands in the palladium-catalyzed Tsuji-Trost allylation reaction, returning results comparable to their planar chiral ferrocene counterparts pointing towards future application of these types of compounds.

  1. Tandem intermolecular Suzuki coupling/intramolecular vinyl triflate-arene coupling.

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    Willis, Michael C; Claverie, Christelle K; Mahon, Mary F

    2002-04-21

    Treatment of a benzyl substituted meso-ditriflate with boronic acids in the presence of palladium acetate, triphenylphosphine and caesium fluoride results in intermolecular Suzuki coupling followed by vinyl triflate-arene cyclisation to provide, in high yields, single regioisomers of tricyclic-carbocycles.

  2. Oxatub[4]arene: a molecular "transformer" capable of hosting a wide range of organic cations.

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    Jia, Fei; Wang, Hao-Yi; Li, Dong-Hao; Yang, Liu-Pan; Jiang, Wei

    2016-04-28

    The molecular "transformer", oxatub[4]arene, was found to be able to host a wide range of organic cations. The strong binding ability is believed to originate from its four interconvertible and deep-cavity conformers. The binding behavior of such adaptable receptors may provide implications for molecular recognition in nature.

  3. Thia-arenes as source apportionment tracers for urban air particulate

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    McCarry, B.E.; Allan, L.M.; Mehta, S.; Marvin, C.H.

    1995-12-31

    Over sixty respirable air particulate samples were selected from a large number of filters collected in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Depending on the wind direction these sites were either predominantly upwind or predominantly downwind of the industrial sources. The sixty filters were extracted and analyzed using GC-MS for a range of PAH and sulfur-containing PAH (thia-arenes). Various reference standards (coal tar, diesel exhaust, urban air particulate) and source samples (coke oven condensate) were analyzed as well. A set of air particulate samples collected in another city alongside a highway provided an urban vehicular air sample. Unique thia-arene profiles were noted in the reference and source samples which provided the basis for this source apportionment work; two main approaches were used: (1) analysis of alkylated derivatives of thia-arenes with a molecular mass of 184 amu and (2) analysis of 234 amu isomers. The diesel exhaust and urban vehicular samples gave identical profiles while the coal tar and coke oven samples also had identical profiles but in different respects. The air samples collected at samplers located upwind of the coke ovens showed thia-arene profiles which were similar to the profile observed with a diesel exhaust reference material. However, air samples collected downwind of the coke ovens were heavily loaded samples and resembled the coal tar coke and oven condensate samples.

  4. Review of "Incomplete: How Middle Class Schools Aren't Making the Grade". Think Tank Review

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    Baker, Bruce D.

    2011-01-01

    "Incomplete: How Middle Class Schools Aren't Making the Grade" is a new report from Third Way, a Washington, D.C.-based policy think tank. The report aims to convince parents, taxpayers and policymakers that they should be as concerned about middle-class schools not making the grade as they are about the failures of the nation's large, poor, urban…

  5. Syntheses and spin-spin exchange interactions of calix[4]arene biradicals.

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    Hu, Xiaojun; Yang, Haijun; Li, Yong

    2008-07-01

    Three novel paramagnetic calix[4]arenes (2, 3 and 4) with two opposite nitroxide radicals on the upper rims were synthesized and characterized. The through-space spin-spin exchange interactions of these calixarene biradicals were investigated, and found to be affected by many factors, such as molecular conformational flexibility, steric hindrance, temperature, solvent effect and complexation of silver ion.

  6. Versatile assembly of p-carboxylatocalix[4]arene-O-alkyl ethers

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    Kennedy, Stuart; Teat, Simon J.; Dalgarno, Scott J.

    2009-07-08

    Crystallisation of lower-rim tetra-O-alkylated p-carboxylatocalix[4]arenes from pyridine results in the formation of both bi-layer and pillar type supramolecular motifs. Full alkylation at the calixarene lower rim has significant influence over the supramolecular self-assembly motif, including preclusion of pyridine guest molecules from the calixarene cavity in the solid state.

  7. Utilization Chitosan-p-t-Butylcalix[4]Arene for Red MX 8B Adsorbent

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    Handayani, D. S.; Kusumaningsih, T.; Hak, L. A.

    2017-02-01

    Adsorption of Procion Red MX 8B using chitosan dan chitosan-linked p-t-butylcalix[4]arene has been done. The research aimed to understand the adsorption of Procion Red MX 8B using chitosan p-t-butylcalix[4]arene compared to ordinary chitosan. The research was conducted in a batch process varying in pH, contact time and initial concentration of the Procion Red MX 8B. The amount of dye adsorbed was determined using UV-Vis spectrophotometer and the adsorben was characterized using FTIR and SEM-EDX spectrophotometer. The result showed that the optimum condition was achieved when the pH was set at 4, contact time 135 minutes and initial concentration at 200 ppm. The kinetic analysis showed that the adsorption followed Ho kinetic model and pseudo second order with the adsorption rate constant was 3.69×10-3 g/mg.minute and 2.03×10-3 g/mg.minute. The isotherm analysis showed that the adsorption process tend to occur following the Langmuir model with maximum capacity for chitosan and chitosan-linked p-t-butylcalix[4]arene 136.09 mg/g and 147.35 mg/g respectively. The adsorption energy of chitosan and chitosan-linked p-t-butylcalix[4]arene at 30.53 kJ/mole and 33.65 kJ/mole.

  8. Adsorption of Cd2+ using chitosan-linked p-t-buthylcalix[4]arene

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    Handayani, D. S.; Kusumaningsih, T.; Pranoto; Ihsaniati, N.

    2017-02-01

    This research aims to assess the use of chitosan -linked p-t-buthylcalix[4]arene as an adsorbent of Cd2+. Adsorption was done with the batch method in the variation of acidity (pH), contact time and initial concentration of Cd2+. The experimental results showed that the optimum pH of adsorption was pH 6 for the adsorbent chitosan and 8 for chitosan -linked p-t-buthylcalix[4]arene adsorbent. The optimum adsorption contact time was 240 minutes for the both adsorbent. Study of adsorption kinetics revealed that the adsorption of Cd for two adsorbents followed the kinetics model Ho, pseudo-order 2, with adsorption rate constant 1.037x10-2 and 1.777x10-2 g mg-1 min-1 respectively. Study of adsorption isotherm presented that the using chitosan adsorbent tends to follow the Langmuir isotherm, while the adsorbent chitosan- linked p-t-buthylcalix[4]arene tend to follow Freundlich isotherm. The maximum capacity of the adsorption using chitosan and chitosan- linked p-t-buthylcalix[4]arene adsorbent 30.19 and 21.67 mol/g, with the adsorption energy 41.459 and 28.627 KJ/mol respectively.

  9. Pentanuclear lanthanide pyramids based on thiacalix[4]arene ligand exhibiting slow magnetic relaxation.

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    Ge, Jing-Yuan; Ru, Jing; Gao, Feng; Song, You; Zhou, Xin-Hui; Zuo, Jing-Lin

    2015-09-21

    A series of pentanuclear Ln(III) clusters, [Ln5(μ4-OH)(μ3-OH)4(L1)(acac)6] (H4L1 = p-tert-butylthiacalix[4]arene; acac = acetylacetonate; Ln = Dy, Ho, Er) and [Ln5(μ5-OH)(μ3-OH)4(L1)(L2)2(acac)2(CH3OH)2] (H3L2 = 5,11,17,23-tetrakis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-25,26,27-trihydroxy-28-methoxy thiacalix[4]arene; Ln = Dy, Ho, Er), have been synthesized based on the thiacalix[4]arene ligand. All of these complexes feature a square-based pyramid with four triangular Ln3 structural motifs. One μ4-OH group bridges four Ln(III) ions in the basal plane of , while the OH group in complexes adopts the μ5-coordination mode. Our results illuminate the coordination modes of the versatile thiacalix[4]arene ligands and their application to new cluster compounds. The structural and magnetic studies confirm that the molecular symmetries and coordination geometries for lanthanide metal cores have a significant effect on some parameters as single-molecule magnets. Among them, two Dy5 pyramids exhibit distinct slow magnetic relaxation.

  10. Increased control over the frustration of p-tert-butylcalix[5]arene

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    Tian, Jian; Dalgarno, Scott J.; Thallapally, Praveen K.; Atwood, Jerry L.

    2009-01-01

    Parital de-solvation of the toluene solvate of p-tert-butylcalix[5]arene affords a frustrated organic solid that is a new type of sorbant. Increased control over this sorption is achieved by employing a high boiling solvent for incremental de-solvation, revealing the calixarene:solvent ratio for maximum gas sorption

  11. High water contents in basaltic melt inclusions from Arenal volcano, Costa Rica

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    Wade, J. A.; Plank, T.; Hauri, E. H.; Melson, W. G.; Soto, G. J.

    2004-12-01

    Despite the importance of water to arc magma genesis, fractionation and eruption, few quantitative constraints exist on the water content of Arenal magmas. Early estimates, by electron microprobe sum deficit, suggested up to 4 wt% H2O in olivine-hosted basaltic andesite melt inclusions (MI) from pre-historic ET-6 tephra (Melson, 1982), and up to 7 wt% H2O in plagioclase and orthopyroxene-hosted dacitic MI from 1968 lapilli (Anderson, 1979). These high water contents are consistent with abundant hornblende phenocrysts in Arenal volcanics, but inconsistent with geochemical tracers such as 10Be and Ba/La that suggest a low flux of recycled material (and presumably water) from the subduction zone. In order to test these ideas, and provide the first direct measurements of water in mafic Arenal magmas, we have studied olivine-hosted MI from the prehistoric (900 yBP; Soto et al., 1998) ET3 tephra layer. MI range from andesitic (> 58% SiO2) to basaltic compositions (< 50% SiO2), the latter of which are similar to the most primitive whole rocks analyzed from Arenal. SIMS analyses yield up to 4 wt% H2O in the basaltic MI, and water declines systematically (to 1-2 wt%) with increasing silica content. Water also correlates strongly with sulfur (up to 2500 ppm S) and CO2 (up to 300 ppm). H2O and CO2 in the MI define a closed-system degassing path that begins at 2 kb. Chlorine ( ˜ 2000 ppm) and fluorine ( ˜ 400 ppm) show less variation, as expected from their higher solubilities in these melts. The high sulfur contents ( ˜ 2000 ppm on average for basaltic MI) would provide more than enough "petrologic" sulfur to balance recent (1982, 1995, and 1996; Williams-Jones et al., 2001) COSPEC measurements. Although host olivines are quite evolved (< Fo76), the high CO2 and sulfur contents indicate that their inclusions are not highly degassed. The high water contents (> 4 wt%) found here for Arenal basaltic MI support the semi-quantitative data from earlier studies, but are somewhat

  12. Unmasking the Action of Phosphinous Acid Ligands in Nitrile Hydration Reactions Catalyzed by Arene-Ruthenium(II) Complexes.

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    Tomás-Mendivil, Eder; Cadierno, Victorio; Menéndez, María I; López, Ramón

    2015-11-16

    The catalytic hydration of benzonitrile and acetonitrile has been studied by employing different arene-ruthenium(II) complexes with phosphinous (PR2OH) and phosphorous acid (P(OR)2OH) ligands as catalysts. Marked differences in activity were found, depending on the nature of both the P-donor and η(6)-coordinated arene ligand. Faster transformations were always observed with the phosphinous acids. DFT computations unveiled the intriguing mechanism of acetonitrile hydration catalyzed by these arene-ruthenium(II) complexes. The process starts with attack on the nitrile carbon atom of the hydroxyl group of the P-donor ligand instead of on a solvent water molecule, as previously suggested. The experimental results presented herein for acetonitrile and benzonitrile hydration catalyzed by different arene-ruthenium(II) complexes could be rationalized in terms of such a mechanism.

  13. High-yielding one-pot synthesis of diaryliodonium triflates from arenes and iodine or aryl iodides.

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    Bielawski, Marcin; Olofsson, Berit

    2007-06-28

    Unsymmetric and symmetric diaryliodonium triflates are synthesized from both electron-deficient and electron-rich substrates in a fast, high yielding, and operationally simple protocol employing arenes and aryl iodides or iodine.

  14. Conformational isomerism in the solid-state structures of tetracaine and tamoxifen with para-sulphonato-calix[4]arene

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    Danylyuk, Oksana; Monachino, Melany; Lazar, Adina N.; Suwinska, Kinga; Coleman, Anthony W.

    2010-02-01

    The solid-state complexes between para-sulphonato-calix[4]arene and the drugs tamoxifen and tetracaine show an unusual 4:1 guest-host stoichiometry with formation of hydrophobic layer of drug molecules held between bilayers of para-sulphonato-calix[4]arene. In both structures each of the four independent drug molecules adopts different conformation due to the different mode of interaction with the anionic host, the neighbouring drug cations and water molecules.

  15. Direct C-H difluoromethylenephosphonation of arenes and heteroarenes with bromodifluoromethyl phosphonate via visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Wang, Lin; Wei, Xiao-Jing; Lei, Wen-Long; Chen, Han; Wu, Li-Zhu; Liu, Qiang

    2014-12-28

    This communication reports a room temperature visible-light-driven protocol for the C-H difluoromethylenephosphonation of arenes and heteroarenes. Using commercially available diethyl bromodifluoromethyl phosphonate as a precursor of difluoromethyl radical, fac-Ir(ppy)3 as a photosensitizer and a 3 W blue LED as a light source, an array of aromatic compounds containing difluoromethylenephosphonyl groups were prepared directly from the corresponding arenes and heteroarenes in excellent to moderate yields.

  16. Carboxylate-Assisted Iridium-Catalyzed C-H Amination of Arenes with Biologically Relevant Alkyl Azides.

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    Zhang, Tao; Hu, Xuejiao; Wang, Zhen; Yang, Tiantian; Sun, Hao; Li, Guigen; Lu, Hongjian

    2016-02-24

    An iridium-catalyzed C-H amination of arenes with a wide substrate scope is reported. Benzamides with electron-donating and -withdrawing groups and linear, branched, and cyclic alkyl azides are all applicable. Cesium carboxylate is crucial for both reactivity and regioselectivity of the reactions. Many biologically relevant molecules, such as amino acid, peptide, steroid, sugar, and thymidine derivatives can be introduced to arenes with high yields and 100 % chiral retention.

  17. A paradigm shift in the construction of heterobimetallic complexes: synthesis of group 2 & 4 metal-calix[6]arene complexes.

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    Petrella, Antonella J; Craig, Donald C; Lamb, Robert N; Raston, Colin L; Roberts, Nicholas K

    2004-01-21

    Deprotonation of calix[6]arenes with barium in methanol followed by the addition of [Ti(OPr(i))(4)] or [Zr(OBu(n))(4)] is effective in the formation of novel dimeric 2:1 barium-titanium(IV)/zirconium(IV) calix[6]arene complexes. In these complexes a central Ti(IV)/Zr(IV) coordinated in the exo-position connects the two calix[6]arenes in the 1,3-alternate conformation, each with an endo-barium sharing common phenolate groups with the titanium/zirconium centre and participating in cation-pi interactions. A homometallic barium calix[6]arene dimer was also prepared wherein the calix[6]arenes are in the 1,3-alternate conformation with each coordinating one endo- and one exo-barium centre. The exo-barium cations connect the two calix[6]arenes through bridging methanol ligands. In this and the heterometallic complexes, cation-pi complexation of the Ba(2+) ion within the 1,3 alternate conformation of calix[6]arene facilitates the formation of the dimeric complexes in methanol. In contrast, the smaller Sr(2+) ion did not form similar complexes in methanol, and the formation of an analogous 2:1 strontium-titanium calixarene complex required the use of the more sterically demanding donor alcohol, isopropanol, the resulting complex being devoid of cation-pi interaction. The results show (i) that a subtle interplay of solvation strength, coordination array type and cavity/cation size influences the accessibility of heterobimetallic complexes based on calix[6]arenes, and (ii) a synergistic endo-exo binding behaviour.

  18. Anion Responsive TTF-Appended Calix[4]arenes. Synthesis and Study of Two Different Conformers

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    Lee, Min Hee; Cao, Qian-Yong; Kim, Sung Kuk; Sessler, Jonathan L.

    2011-01-01

    Two new cone- and 1,3-alternate-calix[4]arenes (cone-1 and 1,3-alt-1), bearing four modified TTF (tetrathiafulvalene) substituents on the upper rim, have been synthesized. The binding ability of these two sets of conformers for various anions, including F−, Cl−, Br−, I−, PF6−, ClO4−, HSO4−, CH3COO−, H2PO4−, and HP2O73−, was tested in organic media by monitoring the changes in their UV/vis and 1H NMR spectra as a function of added anion, as well as via cyclovoltammetry (CV) (all anions studied as their respective TBA salts). On the basis of the present findings, we propose that incorporation of four TTF units within an overall calix[4]arene-based recognition framework produces a preorganized receptor system that displays a modest preference for the pyrophosphate (HP2O73−) anion. PMID:21194202

  19. Supra-amphiphilic aggregates formed by p-sulfonatocalix[4]arenes and the antipsychotic drug chlorpromazine.

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    Qin, Zhanbin; Guo, Dong-Sheng; Gao, Xiao-Ning; Liu, Yu

    2014-04-07

    We report here a supramolecular strategy to directly assemble the small molecular antipsychotic drug chlorpromazine (CPZ) into nanostructures, induced by p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene (SC4A) and p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene tetraheptyl ether (SC4AH), with high drug loading efficiencies of 61% and 46%, respectively. The binary host-guest assembly process was monitored using optical transmittance measurements, and the size and morphology of these two kinds of supra-amphiphilic assemblies were identified using a combination of light scattering and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, which showed solid spherical micelles. This strategy presents new opportunities for the development of high loading drug-containing carriers with easy processability for drug delivery.

  20. Cadmium-sensitive electrode based on tetracetone derivatives of p-tert-butylcalix[8]arene.

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    Dernane, C; Zazoua, A; Kazane, I; Jaffrezic-Renault, N

    2013-10-01

    The performance of a cadmium-sensitive electrode based on the tetracetone derivatives of p-tert butylcalix[8]arene was investigated. The ion-sensitivity of the calix[8]arene was examined via cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry, UV/Vis spectroscopy and FT-IR spectroscopy. The sensitive membrane containing the active ionophore was cast onto the surface of a gold electrode. The electrode exhibited a linear relationship between the charge transfer resistance (Rct) and the logarithm of the detected ion concentration. The cathodic peak at a potential of 0.56 V increased linearly as the Cd(2+) ion concentration increased. The detection limit of the device reached 10(-7) M with high sensitivity toward cadmium.

  1. C-Glycopyranosyl Arenes and Hetarenes: Synthetic Methods and Bioactivity Focused on Antidiabetic Potential.

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    Bokor, Éva; Kun, Sándor; Goyard, David; Tóth, Marietta; Praly, Jean-Pierre; Vidal, Sébastien; Somsák, László

    2017-02-08

    This Review summarizes close to 500 primary publications and surveys published since 2000 about the syntheses and diverse bioactivities of C-glycopyranosyl (het)arenes. A classification of the preparative routes to these synthetic targets according to methodologies and compound categories is provided. Several of these compounds, regardless of their natural or synthetic origin, display antidiabetic properties due to enzyme inhibition (glycogen phosphorylase, protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B) or by inhibiting renal sodium-dependent glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2). The latter class of synthetic inhibitors, very recently approved as antihyperglycemic drugs, opens new perspectives in the pharmacological treatment of type 2 diabetes. Various compounds with the C-glycopyranosyl (het)arene motif were subjected to biological studies displaying among others antioxidant, antiviral, antibiotic, antiadhesive, cytotoxic, and glycoenzyme inhibitory effects.

  2. Picomolar inhibition of cholera toxin by a pentavalent ganglioside GM1os-calix[5]arene.

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    Garcia-Hartjes, Jaime; Bernardi, Silvia; Weijers, Carel A G M; Wennekes, Tom; Gilbert, Michel; Sansone, Francesco; Casnati, Alessandro; Zuilhof, Han

    2013-07-14

    Cholera toxin (CT), the causative agent of cholera, displays a pentavalent binding domain that targets the oligosaccharide of ganglioside GM1 (GM1os) on the periphery of human abdominal epithelial cells. Here, we report the first GM1os-based CT inhibitor that matches the valency of the CT binding domain (CTB). This pentavalent inhibitor contains five GM1os moieties linked to a calix[5]arene scaffold. When evaluated by an inhibition assay, it achieved a picomolar inhibition potency (IC50 = 450 pM) for CTB. This represents a significant multivalency effect, with a relative inhibitory potency of 100,000 compared to a monovalent GM1os derivative, making GM1os-calix[5]arene one of the most potent known CTB inhibitors.

  3. Surfing π clouds for noncovalent interactions: arenes versus alkenes.

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    Aliev, Abil E; Arendorf, Josephine R T; Pavlakos, Ilias; Moreno, Rafael B; Porter, Michael J; Rzepa, Henry S; Motherwell, William B

    2015-01-07

    A comparative study of molecular balances by NMR spectroscopy indicates that noncovalent functional-group interactions with an arene dominate over those with an alkene, and that a π-facial intramolecular hydrogen bond from a hydroxy group to an arene is favored by approximately 1.2 kJ mol(-1). The strongest interaction observed in this study was with the cyano group. Analysis of the series of groups CH2CH3, CH=CH2, C≡CH, and C≡N shows a correlation between conformational free-energy differences and the calculated charge on the C(α) atom of these substituents, which is indicative of the electrostatic nature of their π interactions. Changes in the free-energy differences of conformers show a linear dependence on the solvent hydrogen bond acceptor parameter β.

  4. Peroxide-Free Pd(II)-Catalyzed Ortho Aroylation and Ortho Halogenation of Directing Arenes.

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    Santra, Sourav Kumar; Banerjee, Arghya; Mohanta, Prakash Ranjan; Patel, Bhisma K

    2016-07-15

    A Pd(II)-catalyzed peroxide-free ortho aroylation of directing arenes has been developed via cross dehydrogenative coupling (CDC) in the presence of the terminal oxidant Cu(OAc)2·H2O. Ortho aroylation of directing arenes proceeds via decarbonylation of the in situ generated phenyl glyoxal, which is obtained from 2-acetoxyacetophenone in the presence of the oxidant Cu(OAc)2·H2O. However, changing the oxidant to CuX2 (X = Cl, Br) provided exclusive di-ortho-halogenated 2-arylbenzothiazoles. During the halogenation, CuX2 served the dual role of a halogen source as well as a co-oxidant.

  5. Theoretical study of a novel imino bridged pillar[5]arene derivative

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    Xie, Ju; Zuo, Tongfei; Huang, Zhiling; Huan, Long; Gu, Qixin; Gao, Chenxi; Shao, Jingjing

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we report a novel imino bridged pillar[5]arene derivative (P5N) for the first time. Four conformers (P5N0, P5N1, P5N12, and P5N13, arising due to the different orientation of Nsbnd H bond of imino bridging group) are obtained by quantum chemical calculations at the CAM-B3LYP/6-31+G(d, p) level of theory. The geometries, energies, electronic structures, and absorption spectra of P5N conformers as well as pillar[5]arene (P5) are discussed in detail. The inclusion complexes of paraquat (Pq) with P5N and P5, respectively, are also obtained at the same level of theory. Compared to P5, P5N exhibits better performance in inclusion complexation toward Pq.

  6. Anion- and Spacer-Directed Host-Guest Complexes of Bipyridine with Pyrogallol[4]arene.

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    Patil, Rahul S; Kumari, Harshita; Barnes, Charles L; Atwood, Jerry L

    2015-07-13

    New oval-shaped capsular and bilayer-type hydrogen-bonded arrangements of C-propyl-ol-pyrogallol[4]arene (PgC3-OH) with bipyridine-type spacer complexes are reported here. These complexes are engineered by virtue of derivatization of C-alkyl tails of pyrogallol[4]arene and the use of divergent spacer ligands. Complexes of PgC3-OH, PgC3-OH with bpy (4,4'-bipyridine) and PgC3-OH with bpa (1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)acetylene) have bilayer type arrangements; however, the use of hydrogen chloride causes protonation of bpy molecule, which is then entrapped flat within an offset oval-shaped dimeric hydrogen-bonded PgC3-OH nanocapsule. The presence of chloride anion in the crystal lattice controls the geometry of the resultant nanoassembly.

  7. Highly selective hydrogenation of arenes using nanostructured ruthenium catalysts modified with a carbon–nitrogen matrix

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    Cui, Xinjiang; Surkus, Annette-Enrica; Junge, Kathrin; Topf, Christoph; Radnik, Jörg; Kreyenschulte, Carsten; Beller, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    Selective hydrogenations of (hetero)arenes represent essential processes in the chemical industry, especially for the production of polymer intermediates and a multitude of fine chemicals. Herein, we describe a new type of well-dispersed Ru nanoparticles supported on a nitrogen-doped carbon material obtained from ruthenium chloride and dicyanamide in a facile and scalable method. These novel catalysts are stable and display both excellent activity and selectivity in the hydrogenation of aromatic ethers, phenols as well as other functionalized substrates to the corresponding alicyclic reaction products. Furthermore, reduction of the aromatic core is preferred over hydrogenolysis of the C–O bond in the case of ether substrates. The selective hydrogenation of biomass-derived arenes, such as lignin building blocks, plays a pivotal role in the exploitation of novel sustainable feedstocks for chemical production and represents a notoriously difficult transformation up to now. PMID:27113087

  8. Structure-activity relationships for organometallic osmium arene phenylazopyridine complexes with potent anticancer activity.

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    Fu, Ying; Habtemariam, Abraha; Basri, Aida M B H; Braddick, Darren; Clarkson, Guy J; Sadler, Peter J

    2011-10-28

    We report the synthesis and characterisation of 32 half sandwich phenylazopyridine Os(II) arene complexes [Os(η(6)-arene)(phenylazopyridine)X](+) in which X is chloride or iodide, the arene is p-cymene or biphenyl and the pyridine and phenyl rings contain a variety of substituents (F, Cl, Br, I, CF(3), OH or NO(2)). Ten X-ray crystal structures have been determined. Cytotoxicity towards A2780 human ovarian cancer cells ranges from high potency at nanomolar concentrations to inactivity. In general the introduction of an electron-withdrawing group (e.g. F, Cl, Br or I) at specific positions on the pyridine ring significantly increases cytotoxic activity and aqueous solubility. Changing the arene from p-cymene to biphenyl and the monodentate ligand X from chloride to iodide also increases the activity significantly. Activation by hydrolysis and DNA binding appears not to be the major mechanism of action since both the highly active complex [Os(η(6)-bip)(2-F-azpy)I]PF(6) (9) and the moderately active complex [Os(η(6)-bip)(3-Cl-azpy)I]PF(6) (23) are very stable and inert towards aquation. Studies of octanol-water partition coefficients (log P) and subcellular distributions of osmium in A2780 human ovarian cancer cells suggested that cell uptake and targeting to cellular organelles play important roles in determining activity. Although complex 9 induced the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in A2780 cells, the ROS level did not appear to play a role in the mechanism of anticancer activity. This class of organometallic osmium complexes has new and unusual features worthy of further exploration for the design of novel anticancer drugs.

  9. Transition metal-free aroylation of NH-sulfoximines with methyl arenes.

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    Zou, Ya; Xiao, Jing; Peng, Zhihong; Dong, Wanrong; An, Delie

    2015-10-14

    A novel protocol towards N-aroylated sulfoximines from NH-sulfoximines and methyl arenes was herein demonstrated. The reaction took place in the presence of elemental iodine, requiring no external organic solvents, transition metal-catalysts or ligands. The aroylated products were obtained from the oxidative transformation in moderate to excellent yields (up to 94% yield) with a broad substrate scope (35 examples) through a radical pathway.

  10. Thin-skinned Mass-wasting Responsible for Rapid, Edifice-wide Deformation at Arenal Volcano

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    Ebmeier, S. K.; Biggs, J.; Muller, C.; Avard, G.

    2014-12-01

    Volcanic edifices are built rapidly, at rates far exceeding those of erosion. The resulting mechanical failure of the edifices of both active and quiescent volcanoes can result in hazards on a range of scales, from rockfall to sector collapse. The stability of a volcanic edifice depends on the ratio of its exogenous growth to mass loss due to erosion, deformation and mass wasting. Geodetic measurements of edifice spreading have mostly been associated with local zones of extension at island volcanoes and relatively few observations have been made at continental stratovolcanoes. We present measurements of displacement and surface property changes at Arenal, Costa Rica, a continental stratovolcano that stopped erupting in 2010 after almost 42 years of activity. High resolution TerraSAR-X data (2011-2013) have increased the area covered geodetically by ~40%, allowing us to make measurements of displacements close to Arenal's summit for the first time. InSAR and intensity change observations provide evidence of frequent rockfalls and of shallow landslides (5-11 m thick, total volume = 1.9×107 m3 DRE). Rockfall and shallow translational landsliding have a stabilizing effect on Volcán Arenal's edifice that reduces the potential for external triggering of slope failure. We map 16 shallow landslides (5-11 m depth, 4% of post-1968 deposits) and expect failure planes to be associated with layers of blocky debris and lava crust. Unstable material on Arenal's upper slopes is removed steadily, potentially reducing sensitivity to external triggers: the 2012 Nicoya Earthquake (Mw 7.6) had no measurable impact on the velocities of sliding units, but did result in an elevated area of rockfall. This demonstrates the importance of mass wasting for the stability of young volcanic edifices.

  11. Photocontrolled Supramolecular Assembling of Azobenzene-Based Biscalix[4]arenes upon Starting and Stopping Laser Trapping.

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    Yuyama, Ken-Ichi; Marcelis, Lionel; Su, Pei-Mei; Chung, Wen-Sheng; Masuhara, Hiroshi

    2017-01-24

    Laser trapping in chemistry covers various studies ranging from single molecules, nanoparticles, and quantum dots to crystallization and liquid-liquid phase separation of amino acids. In this work, a supramolecular assembly of azobenzene-based biscalix[4]arene is generated in ethyl acetate using laser trapping; its nucleation and growth are elucidated. No trapping behavior was observed when a 1064 nm laser beam was focused inside of the solution; however, interesting assembling phenomena were induced when it was shined at the air/solution interface. A single disk having two layers was first prepared at the focal point of ∼1 μm and then expanded to the size of a few tens of micrometers, although no optical force was exerted outside of the focal volume. Upon switching the trapping laser off, needles were generated at the outer layer of the assembly, giving a stable sea urchin-like morphology to the generated assembly. At a 30-50% dilution of the initial solution in ethyl acetate, a mushroom-like morphology was also observed. Laser trapping-induced assembly of azobenzene-based biscalix[4]arene was quite different from the sharp-ellipsoidal aggregates obtained by the spontaneous evaporation of the solution. These trapping phenomena were specifically observed for biscalix[4]arene in the trans conformation of azo-benzene moiety but not for the cis-form, suggesting that the laser trapping of this azobenzene-based biscalix[4]arene is photocontrollable. Dynamics and mechanism of the supramolecular assembling are considered, referring to laser trapping-induced nucleation and liquid-liquid phase separation of amino acids.

  12. A protocol to generate phthaloyl peroxide in flow for the hydroxylation of arenes.

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    Eliasen, Anders M; Thedford, Randal P; Claussen, Karin R; Yuan, Changxia; Siegel, Dionicio

    2014-07-18

    A flow protocol for the generation of phthaloyl peroxide has been developed. This process directly yields phthaloyl peroxide in high purity (>95%) and can be used to bypass the need to isolate and recrystallize phthaloyl peroxide, improving upon earlier batch procedures. The flow protocol for the formation of phthaloyl peroxide can be combined with arene hydroxylation reactions and provides a method for the consumption of peroxide as it is generated to minimize the accumulation of large quantities of peroxide.

  13. Parameterization of the torsional potential for calix[4]arene-substituted poly(thiophene)s.

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    Preat, Julien; Rodríguez-Ropero, Francisco; Torras, Juan; Bertran, Oscar; Zanuy, David; Alemán, Carlos

    2010-06-01

    Three different strategies have been followed to develop the torsional force-field parameters of the inter-ring dihedral angles for calix[4]arene-substituted poly(thiophene)s, a family of highly sensitive ion receptors. These procedures, which are based on the rotational profiles calculated using quantum mechanical methods, differ in the complexity of the model compounds and the processing applied to the quantum mechanical energies before the fitting. The performance of the three sets of developed parameters, which are essentially compatible with the General Amber Force Field, has been evaluated by computing the potential of mean forces for the inter-ring rotation of 2,2'-bithiophene, and its substituted analog bearing a calix[4]arene group in different environments. Finally, the ability of the new sets of torsional parameters to describe a calix[4]arene-substituted poly(thiophene) in tetrahydrofuran solution has been checked using Molecular Dynamics simulations. Specifically, the molecular shape, the polymer conformation, and the effects of the Na(+) ions trapped in the cavity of the receptor have been examined. Although the potential derived from unsubstituted 2,2'-bithiophene is able to reproduce the experimental free energies of the minima, the overall results indicate that the parameters derived from the analog bearing a calix[4]arene group provide the best description of the systems under study. This should be attributed to the strong constraints found in complex substituted poly(thiophene)s, which require parameterization strategies able to capture all the interactions and phenomena involved in their inter-ring rotations.

  14. Oxidative C-H/C-H Coupling Reactions between Two (Hetero)arenes.

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    Yang, Yudong; Lan, Jingbo; You, Jingsong

    2017-01-13

    Transition metal-mediated C-H bond activation and functionalization represent one of the most straightforward and powerful tools in modern organic synthetic chemistry. Bi(hetero)aryls are privileged π-conjugated structural cores in biologically active molecules, organic functional materials, ligands, and organic synthetic intermediates. The oxidative C-H/C-H coupling reactions between two (hetero)arenes through 2-fold C-H activation offer a valuable opportunity for rapid assembly of diverse bi(hetero)aryls and further exploitation of their applications in pharmaceutical and material sciences. This review provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals and applications of transition metal-mediated/catalyzed oxidative C-H/C-H coupling reactions between two (hetero)arenes. The substrate scope, limitation, reaction mechanism, regioselectivity, and chemoselectivity, as well as related control strategies of these reactions are discussed. Additionally, the applications of these established methods in the synthesis of natural products and exploitation of new organic functional materials are exemplified. In the last section, a short introduction on oxidant- or Lewis acid-mediated oxidative Ar-H/Ar-H coupling reactions is presented, considering that it is a very powerful method for the construction of biaryl units and polycylic arenes.

  15. Plugging a Bipyridinium Axle into Multichromophoric Calix[6]arene Wheels Bearing Naphthyl Units at Different Rims

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    Orlandini, Guido; Ragazzon, Giulio; Zanichelli, Valeria; Degli Esposti, Lorenzo; Baroncini, Massimo; Silvi, Serena; Venturi, Margherita; Arduini, Arturo

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Tris‐(N‐phenylureido)‐calix[6]arene derivatives are heteroditopic non‐symmetric molecular hosts that can form pseudorotaxane complexes with 4,4′‐bipyridinium‐type guests. Owing to the unique structural features and recognition properties of the calix[6]arene wheel, these systems are of interest for the design and synthesis of novel molecular devices and machines. We envisaged that the incorporation of photoactive units in the calixarene skeleton could lead to the development of systems the working modes of which can be governed and monitored by means of light‐activated processes. Here, we report on the synthesis, structural characterization, and spectroscopic, photophysical, and electrochemical investigation of two calix[6]arene wheels decorated with three naphthyl groups anchored to either the upper or lower rim of the phenylureido calixarene platform. We found that the naphthyl units interact mutually and with the calixarene skeleton in a different fashion in the two compounds, which thus exhibit a markedly distinct photophysical behavior. For both hosts, the inclusion of a 4,4′‐bipyridinium guest activates energy‐ and/or electron‐transfer processes that lead to non‐trivial luminescence changes. PMID:28168152

  16. Synthesis, Anticancer Activity, and Genome Profiling of Thiazolo Arene Ruthenium Complexes.

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    Grozav, Adriana; Balacescu, Ovidiu; Balacescu, Loredana; Cheminel, Thomas; Berindan-Neagoe, Ioana; Therrien, Bruno

    2015-11-12

    Sixteen hydrazinyl-thiazolo arene ruthenium complexes of the general formula [(η(6)-p-cymene)Ru(N,N'-hydrazinyl-thiazolo)Cl]Cl were synthesized. All complexes were tested in vitro for their antiproliferative activity on three tumor cell lines (HeLa, A2780, and A2780cisR) and on a noncancerous cell line (HFL-1). A superior cytotoxic activity of the ruthenium complexes as compared to cisplatin and oxaliplatin, on both cisplatin-sensitive and cisplatin resistant ovarian cancer cells, was observed. In addition, the biological activity of two selected derivatives was evaluated using microarray gene expression assay and ingenuity pathway analysis. p53 signaling was identified as an important pathway modulated by both arene ruthenium compounds. New activated molecules such as FAS, ZMAT3, PRMT2, BBC3/PUMA, and PDCD4, whose overexpressions are correlated with overcoming resistance to cisplatin therapy, were also identified as potential targets. Moreover, the arene ruthenium complexes can be used in association with cisplatin to prevent cisplatin resistance development and synergistically to induce cell death in ovarian cancer cells.

  17. Immobilization of α-amylase onto a calix[4]arene derivative: Evaluation of its enzymatic activity.

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    Veesar, Irshad Ali; Solangi, Imam Bakhsh; Memon, Shahabuddin

    2015-06-01

    In order to enhance the cost-effectiveness practicability of enzymes in many industries such as pharmaceutical, food, medical and some other technological processes, there is great need to immobilize them onto a solid supports. In this study, a new and efficient immobilization of α-amylase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been developed by using the surface functionalization of calix[4]arene as support. A glutaraldehyde-containing amino group functionalized calix[4]arene was used to immobilize α-amylase covalently. In this procedure, imide bonds are formed between amino groups on the protein and aldehyde groups on the calix[4]arene surface. The surface modified support was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of various preparation conditions on the immobilized α-amylase process such as immobilization time, enzyme concentration, temperature and pH were investigated. The influence of pH and temperature on the activity of free and immobilized α-amylase was also studied using starch as substrate. The optimum reaction temperature and pH value for the enzymatic conversion catalyzed by the immobilized α-amylase were 25°C and 7, respectively. Compared to the free enzyme, the immobilized α-amylase retained 85% of its original activity and exhibited significant thermal stability than the free one and excellent durability.

  18. Moment tensor inversion of tremor events at Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica)

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    Davi, Rosalia; O'Brien, Gareth; Lokmer, Ivan; Bean, Christopher; Lesage, Philippe; de Barros, Louis

    2010-05-01

    Arenal is a small, andesitic stratovolcano located in north-western Costa Rica, 97 km from the capital San Josè. Arenal's explosive activity is preceded, and accompanied, by different types of seismic events such as long period events, explosions, tremor and sporadic tectonic swarms. Tremor is the most common type of event recorded at Arenal with durations of up to several hours. Both spasmodic (1-6 Hz) and harmonic (0.9-2 Hz) tremor are observed with no clear difference in the genesis of each; the former can progressively evolve into the latter and vice-versa. However, the origin of the tremor is, at present, not fully understood. In order to retrieve the source mechanism generating these types of events, a moment tensor inversion is performed. A dataset recorded on the volcano, during a seismic experiment carried out in 2005, is used for the inversion. This dataset consists of ten days of data, from which two main groups of tremor at different frequencies (group one at 0.8-1.5 Hz and group two at 1.8-2.5 Hz) have been selected. A major difficulty in any inversion of tremor is that a clear onset can rarely be determined and hence retrieving the direct arrivals from the source is impossible. Usually, these arrivals are heavily contaminated by scattered waves. On Arenal the initial part of the tremor bands can be isolated, therefore offering a good opportunity to invert tremor for the source mechanism. The Green's functions used in the inversion were calculated using 3D numerical simulations including the real topography of the volcano and the best estimation of the velocity model available for Arenal. This velocity model was retrieved from seismic refraction experiments and sounding using the SPAC method. For each day, different tremor starting bands have been selected and divided into the groups mentioned above. For each band a source location is determined by performing a grid search through a volume of 4735 possible source points located under the crater summit

  19. Synthesis of novel chiral Schiff base and amino alcohol derivatives of calix[4]arene and chiral recognition properties

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    Erdemir, Serkan

    2012-01-01

    In the present study, the synthesis and liquid phase extraction properties towards some amino acid methylesters and amino alcohols of Schiff base and amino alcohol substituted calix[4]arene are reported. The Schiff base substituted calix[4]arene 5 has been synthesized via condensation reaction involving 5,17-diformyl-11,23-di- tert-butyl-25,27-di[3-(4-formylphenoxy)propoxy]-26,28 dihydroxycalix[4]arene 4 and ( R)-(-)-2-phenylglycine methyl ester in CHCl 3:MeOH. To give the amino alcohol substituted calix[4]arene 6, the synthesized chiral compound 5 was reduced by LiAlH 4. The new chiral Schiff base and amino alcohol derivatives of calix[4]arene have been characterized by a combination of FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, FAB-MS and elemental analysis. Also, the extraction behaviors of 5 and 6 towards some selected amino acid methylesters and amino alcohols have been studied by liquid-liquid extraction.

  20. CO2 capture by multivalent amino-functionalized calix[4]arenes: self-assembly, absorption, and QCM detection studies.

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    Baldini, Laura; Melegari, Monica; Bagnacani, Valentina; Casnati, Alessandro; Dalcanale, Enrico; Sansone, Francesco; Ungaro, Rocco

    2011-05-20

    The reactivity of CO(2) with polyamino substrates based on calix[4]arenes and on a difunctional, noncyclic model has been studied. All the compounds react with CO(2) in chloroform to form ammonium carbamate salts. However, the number, topology, and conformational features of the amino-functionalized arms present on the multivalent scaffold have a remarkable influence on the reaction efficiency and on the product composition. Tetraaminocalix[4]arenes 1-3 rapidly and efficiently react with 2 equiv of CO(2), yielding highly stable hydrogen-bonded dimers formed by the self-assembly of two bis-ammonium bis-carbamate intramolecular salts. 1,3-Diaminocalix[4]arene 4 absorbs 1 mol of CO(2), affording less stable zwitterionic ammonium carbamates. Gemini compound 5 reacts with CO(2) in a 1:1 stoichiometry, forming hydrogen-bonded dimers of ammonium carbamate derivatives of moderate stability. For upper rim 1,3-diaminocalix[4]arene 6, in addition to the labile intramolecular salt, the presence of a self-assembled polymer was also detected. These systems were fully characterized in solution by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, whereas the corresponding gas-solid reactions were further investigated by QCM measurements. Interestingly, the high affinity and reversibility of CO(2) uptake shown by 1,3-diamino calix[4]arene 4 enabled us to attain a promising QCM device for carbon dioxide sensing.

  1. 1,3-Alternate calix[4]arene nitronyl nitroxide tetraradical and diradical: synthesis, X-ray crystallography, paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy, EPR spectroscopy, and magnetic studies

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    Rajca, Andrzej; Pink, Maren; Mukherjee, Sumit; Rajca, Suchada; Das, Kausik

    2008-04-02

    Calix[4]arenes constrained to 1,3-alternate conformation and functionalized at the upper rim with four and two nitronyl nitroxides have been synthesized, and characterized by X-ray crystallography, magnetic resonance (EPR and {sup 1}H NMR) spectroscopy, and magnetic studies. Such calix[4]arene tetraradicals and diradicals provide scaffolds for through-bond and through-space intramolecular exchange couplings.

  2. Determination of association constant of host-guest supramolecular complex (molecular recognition of carbamazepine, antiseizure drug, with calix(4)arene).

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    Meenakshi, C; Jayabal, P; Ramakrishnan, V

    2015-12-05

    The thermodynamic property of the host-guest, inclusion complex formed between p-t-butyl calix(4)arene which is a supramolecule, and the antiseizure drug, carbamazepine was studied. p-t-Butyl calix(4)arene has been used as a host molecule and carbamazepine as a guest molecule. Optical absorption spectral studies were carried out to investigate the molecular recognition properties of p-t-butyl calix(4)arene with carbamazepine. The stochiometry of the host-guest complexes formed and the association constant were determined. An interesting 1:2 stochiometric host-guest complex was formed. Job's continuous method of variation and Benesi-Hildebrand expression were used for the determination of binding constant and the stochiometry of the host-guest complex formed. Molecular dimension of the host molecule plays a vital role in the formation of the host-guest stochiometric complexes.

  3. A comparative DFT study on aquation and nucleobase binding of ruthenium (II) and osmium (II) arene complexes.

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    Wang, Hanlu; Zeng, Xingye; Zhou, Rujin; Zhao, Cunyuan

    2013-11-01

    The potential energy surfaces of the reactions of organometallic arene complexes of the type [(η (6)-arene)M(II)(pic)Cl] (where pic = 2-picolinic acid, M = Ru or Os) were examined by a DFT computational study. Among the seven density functional methods, hybrid exchange functional B3LYP outperforms the others to explain the aquation of the complexes. The reactions and binding energies of Ru(II) and Os(II) arene complexes with both 9EtG and 9EtA were studied to gain insight into the reactivity of these types of organometallic complexes with DNA. The obtained data rationalize experimental observation, contributing to partly understanding the potential biological and medical applications of organometallic complexes.

  4. Molecular recognition of curcumin (Indian Ayurvedic medicine) by the supramolecular probe, p-t-butyl calix(8)arene

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    Meenakshi, C.; Jayabal, P.; Ramakrishnan, V.

    2014-06-01

    The thermodynamic property of the host-guest complexes formed between the curcumin, component of Indian Ayurvedic medicine turmeric, a drug molecule, with the supra molecule, p-t-butyl calix(8)arene was studied. p-t-Butyl calix(8)arene has been used as a host molecule and curcumin as a guest molecule. Optical absorption spectral studies were carried out to investigate the molecular recognition properties of p-t-butyl calix(8)arene with curcumin. The stochiometry of the host-guest complexes formed and the binding constant were determined. An interesting 1:1 and 4:1 stochiometric host-guest complexes were formed. Job's continuous method of variation and Benesi-Hildebrand expression were used for the determination of binding constant and the stochiometry of the host-guest complex formed.

  5. Molecular recognition of curcumin (Indian Ayurvedic medicine) by the supramolecular probe, p-t-butyl calix(8)arene.

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    Meenakshi, C; Jayabal, P; Ramakrishnan, V

    2014-06-05

    The thermodynamic property of the host-guest complexes formed between the curcumin, component of Indian Ayurvedic medicine turmeric, a drug molecule, with the supra molecule, p-t-butyl calix(8)arene was studied. p-t-Butyl calix(8)arene has been used as a host molecule and curcumin as a guest molecule. Optical absorption spectral studies were carried out to investigate the molecular recognition properties of p-t-butyl calix(8)arene with curcumin. The stochiometry of the host-guest complexes formed and the binding constant were determined. An interesting 1:1 and 4:1 stochiometric host-guest complexes were formed. Job's continuous method of variation and Benesi-Hildebrand expression were used for the determination of binding constant and the stochiometry of the host-guest complex formed.

  6. Selenoquinones stabilized by ruthenium(II) arene complexes: synthesis, structure, and cytotoxicity.

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    Dubarle-Offner, Julien; Clavel, Catherine M; Gontard, Geoffrey; Dyson, Paul J; Amouri, Hani

    2014-05-05

    A new series of monoselenoquinone and diselenoquinone π complexes, [(η(6) -p-cymene)Ru(η(4) -C6 R4 SeE)] (R=H, E=Se (6); R=CH3 , E=Se (7); R=H, E=O (8)), as well as selenolate π complexes [(η(6) -p-cymene)Ru(η(5) -C6 H3 R2 Se)][SbF6 ] (R=H (9); R=CH3 (10)), stabilized by arene ruthenium moieties were prepared in good yields through nucleophilic substitution reactions from dichlorinated-arene and hydroxymonochlorinated-arene ruthenium complexes [(η(6) -p-cymene)Ru(C6 R4 XCl)][SbF6 ]2 (R=H, X=Cl (1); R=CH3 , X=Cl (2); R=H, X=OH (3)) as well as the monochlorinated π complexes [(η(6) -p-cymene)Ru(η(5) -C6 H3 R2 Cl)][SbF6 ]2 (R=H (4); R=CH3 (5)). The X-ray crystallographic structures of two of the compounds, [(η(6) -p-cymene)Ru(η(4) -C6 Me4 Se2 )] (7) and [(η(6) -p-cymene)Ru(η(4) -C6 H4 SeO)] (8), were determined. The structures confirm the identity of the target compounds and ascertain the coordination mode of these unprecedented ruthenium π complexes of selenoquinones. Furthermore, these new compounds display relevant cytotoxic properties towards human ovarian cancer cells.

  7. The extraction of thorium by calix[6]arene columns for urine analysis.

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    Mekki, S; Bouvier-Capely, C; Jalouali, R; Rebière, F

    2011-03-01

    Thorium is a natural alpha-emitting element occurring in various ores and has numerous industrial applications. Routine monitoring of potentially exposed workers is generally achieved through radiobioassay (urine and faeces). The procedures currently used for analysing actinides such as thorium in urine require lengthy chemical separation associated with long counting times by alpha-spectrometry due to low activity levels. Thus, their main drawback is that they are time-consuming, which limits the frequency and flexibility of individual monitoring. In this context, this study developed new radiochemical procedures based on the use of tertbutylcalix[6]arenes bearing three carboxylic acid groups or three hydroxamic acid groups. These previous works demonstrated that these macrocyclic molecules immobilised on an inert solid support are excellent extractants for uranium, plutonium and americium. In this study, the authors investigated the thorium extraction by calix[6]arene columns. Experiments were performed on synthetic solutions and on real urine samples. The influence of various parameters, such as the thorium solution pH and the column flow rate on thorium extraction, was studied. The results showed that both calix[6]arenes are efficient to extract thorium. Thorium extraction is quantitative from pH = 2 for synthetic solution and from pH = 3 for real urine samples. This study has demonstrated that the column flow rate is a crucial parameter since its value must not be too high to achieve the steady-state complexation equilibrium. Finally, these results will be compared with those obtained for other actinides (U, Pu and Am) and the conditions of actinides' separation will be discussed.

  8. Anticancer Activity and Modes of Action of (arene) ruthenium(II) Complexes Coordinated to C-, N-, and O-ligands.

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    Biersack, Bernhard

    2016-01-01

    An overview of anticancer active (arene)ruthenium(II) complexes coordinated to period 2 element-based ligand systems, i.e., carbon-, nitrogen-, and oxygen-coordinated ligands, is provided in this mini-review. A bridge is forged from the large group of anticancer active ruthenium compounds with monodentate and chelating nitrogen ligands via complexes of O,O-chelating ligands to organometallic ruthenium derivatives coordinated to carbon. (Arene)ruthenium(II) complexes with reduced side-effects and enhanced efficacy against cancer are highlighted. Pertinent literature is covered up to 2014.

  9. Detection and differentiation of neutral organic compounds by 19F NMR with a tungsten calix[4]arene imido complex.

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    Zhao, Yanchuan; Swager, Timothy M

    2013-12-18

    Fluorinated tungsten calix[4]arene imido complexes were synthesized and used as receptors to detect and differentiate neutral organic compounds. It was found that the binding of specific neutral organic molecules to the tungsten centers induces an upfield shift of the fluorine atom appended on the arylimido group, the extent of which is highly dependent on electronic and steric properties. We demonstrate that the specific bonding and size-selectivity of calix[4]arene tungsten-imido complex combined with (19)F NMR spectroscopy is a powerful new method for the analysis of complex mixtures.

  10. Sulfur dioxide and particles in quiescent volcanic plumes from Poas, Arenal, and Colima volcanos, Costa Rica and Mexico.

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    Casadevall, T.J.

    1984-01-01

    Measurements of SO2 emission rates and concentrations and of particle distribution, size, shape, and composition were made in quiescent volcanic plumes emitted into the troposphere from Poas and Arenal volcanos, Costa Rica, and Colima volcano, Mexico. SO2 emission rates were 700 +- 180 metric tons per day (t/d) for Poas, 210 +- 30 t/d for Arenal, and 320 +- 50 t/d for Colima. The concentrations of SO2 calculated from the COSPEC/lidar data were 5-380 ppb.-from Authors

  11. Praseodymium(III)-based bis-metallacalix[4]arene with host-guest behaviour.

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    Xu, Gong-Feng; Gamez, Patrick; Teat, Simon J; Tang, Jinkui

    2010-05-14

    The reaction of Pr(NO(3))(3).6H(2)O with the ligand 2-hydroxy-N-(2'-hydroxyethyl)-3-methoxybenzamide (H(3)L) in MeOH-MeCN generates the nonanuclear compound [Pr(9)(H(2)L)(8)(OH)(10)(NO(3))(8)](NO(3))(H(2)O)(2)(CH(3)CN) (), whose single-crystal X-ray structure reveals the presence of metallacalix[4]arene cavities that host guest molecules. The crystal packing of the antiferromagnetic Pr(9) cluster shows an intricate network of hydrogen bonds producing a one-dimensional supramolecular chain.

  12. Noncovalent Complexation of Monoamine Neurotransmitters and Related Ammonium Ions by Tetramethoxy Tetraglucosylcalix[4]arene

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    Torvinen, Mika; Kalenius, Elina; Sansone, Francesco; Casnati, Alessandro; Jänis, Janne

    2012-02-01

    The noncovalent complexation of monoamine neurotransmitters and related ammonium and quaternary ammonium ions by a conformationally flexible tetramethoxy glucosylcalix[4]arene was studied by electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (ESI-FTICR) mass spectrometry. The glucosylcalixarene exhibited highest binding affinity towards serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine. Structural properties of the guests, such as the number, location, and type of hydrogen bonding groups, length of the alkyl spacer between the ammonium head-group and the aromatic ring structure, and the degree of nitrogen substitution affected the complexation. Competition experiments and guest-exchange reactions indicated that the hydroxyl groups of guests participate in intermolecular hydrogen bonding with the glucocalixarene.

  13. Silver-catalyzed arylation of (hetero)arenes by oxidative decarboxylation of aromatic carboxylic acids.

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    Kan, Jian; Huang, Shijun; Lin, Jin; Zhang, Min; Su, Weiping

    2015-02-09

    A long-standing challenge in Minisci reactions is achieving the arylation of heteroarenes by oxidative decarboxylation of aromatic carboxylic acids. To address this challenge, the silver-catalyzed intermolecular Minisci reaction of aromatic carboxylic acids was developed. With an inexpensive silver salt as a catalyst, this new reaction enables a variety of aromatic carboxylic acids to undergo decarboxylative coupling with electron-deficient arenes or heteroarenes regardless of the position of the substituents on the aromatic carboxylic acid, thus eliminating the need for ortho-substituted aromatic carboxylic acids, which were a limitation of previously reported methods.

  14. One‐Pot C−H Functionalization of Arenes by Diaryliodonium Salts

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    Reitti, Marcus; Villo, Piret

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A transition‐metal‐free, mild, and highly regioselective synthesis of nitroarenes from arenes has been developed. The products are obtained in a sequential one‐pot reaction by nitration of iodine(III) reagents with two carbon ligands, which are formed in situ from iodine(I). This novel concept has been extended to formation of aryl azides, and constitutes an important step towards catalytic reactions with these hypervalent iodine reagents. An efficient nitration of isolated diaryliodonium salts has also been developed, and the mechanism is proposed to proceed by a [2,2] ligand coupling pathway. PMID:27272891

  15. Benzylic Phosphates in Friedel-Crafts Reactions with Activated and Unactivated Arenes: Access to Polyarylated Alkanes.

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    Pallikonda, Gangaram; Chakravartya, Manab

    2016-03-04

    Easily reachable electron-poor/rich primary and secondary benzylic phosphates are suitably used as substrates for Friedel-Crafts benzylation reactions with only 1.2 equiv activated/deactivated arenes (no additional solvent) to access structurally and electronically diverse polyarylated alkanes with excellent yields and selectivities at room temperature. Specifically, diversely substituted di/triarylmethanes are generated within 2-30 min using this approach. A wide number of electron-poor polyarylated alkanes are easily accomplished through this route by just tuning the phosphates.

  16. Engineering supramolecular organic frameworks (SOFs) of C-alkylpyrogallol[4]arene with bipyridine-based spacers.

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    Patil, Rahul S; Kumari, Harshita; Barnes, Charles L; Atwood, Jerry L

    2015-02-11

    Supramolecular organic frameworks (SOFs) based on pyrogallol[4]arene and 4,4'-bipyridine-type spacer molecules have been investigated. The hydrogen bonding pattern and molecular arrangement in the crystal structures are engineered through the cocrystallization approach. The length of the spacer molecules and the C-alkyl tail length of the PgC macrocycle are tuned to influence the hydrogen bonding pattern and thus the overall architecture of the resultant SOFs. Combined solid-state thermal analysis and solution-phase (1)H NMR results indicate the amount of solvent loss and the stability of the SOFs in solution.

  17. Heterocycle synthesis by copper facilitated addition of heteroatoms to alkenes, alkynes and arenes.

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    Chemler, Sherry R; Fuller, Peter H

    2007-07-01

    The de novo synthesis of small organic heterocyclic molecules has benefited from recent protocols for copper-facilitated additions of heteroatoms to alkenes, alkynes and arenes. This tutorial review summarizes a number of these recent contributions. Copper salts can facilitate bond formations due to their ability to serve as Lewis acids, oxidizing agents and transition metal catalysts. The current understanding of the mechanisms of these reactions is presented. This review should be of interest to chemists involved in the synthesis of heterocycles and those investigating transition metal facilitated reactions.

  18. Synthesis and structures of O-anthrylmethyl-substituted hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arenes

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    Jiang, Xue-Kai; Ikejiri, Yusuke; Ni, Xi-Long; Zeng, Xi; Redshaw, Carl; Yamato, Takehiko

    2016-09-01

    O-Alkylation of 7,15,23-tri-tert-butyl-25,26,27-trihydroxy-2,3,10,11,18,19-hexahomo-3,11,19-trioxacalix[3]arene (1H3) with 9-chloromethylanthracene 5 was carried out under different reaction conditions. Variation of the number of anthrylmethyl group introduced at the phenolic rim of hexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene 1H3 was achieved through selective O-alkylation using stoichiometric amounts of 9-chloromethylanthracene 5 in acetone to afford the mono-O-alkylated product 2H2An, the di-O-alkylated product 3HAn2 and the tri-O-alkylated product partial-cone-4An3, respectively. Interestingly, by using an acetone/benzene (1:1 v/v) mixed solvent system, the cone-4An3 was successfully synthesized. These results suggest that the solvent can also control the conformation of the O-alkylation products. The possible reaction routes of the cone-4An3 and partial-cone-4An3 are also discussed.

  19. Osmium(II)--versus ruthenium(II)--arene carbohydrate-based anticancer compounds: similarities and differences.

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    Hanif, Muhammad; Nazarov, Alexey A; Hartinger, Christian G; Kandioller, Wolfgang; Jakupec, Michael A; Arion, Vladimir B; Dyson, Paul J; Keppler, Bernhard K

    2010-08-21

    The synthesis and in vitro anticancer activity of Os(II)-arene complexes with carbohydrate-derived phosphite co-ligands are reported. The compounds were characterized by standard methods and the molecular structure of dichlorido(eta(6)-p-cymene)(3,5,6-bicyclophosphite-1,2-O-isopropylidene-alpha-D-glucofuranoside)osmium(II) was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Complexes with chlorido leaving groups undergo hydrolysis by consecutive formation of aqua compounds, followed by cleavage of a P-O bond of sugar phosphite ligands, as demonstrated by NMR studies. These observations are similar to those of analogous Ru(II)-arene complexes; however the rate of hydrolysis is very slow for osmium compounds. The complexes with oxalato leaving groups resist hydrolysis; no hydrolytic species were detected by (31)P{(1)H} NMR spectroscopy over several days. Within this series of Os compounds, in vitro anticancer activity is highest for the most lipophilic chlorido complex dichlorido(eta(6)-p-cymene)(3,5,6-bicyclophosphite-1,2-O-cyclohexylidene-alpha-D-glucofuranoside)osmium(II).

  20. Stereochemical preference of 2'-deoxycytidine for chiral bis(diamido)-bridged basket resorcin[4]arenes.

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    D'Acquarica, Ilaria; Calcaterra, Andrea; Sacco, Fabiola; Balzano, Federica; Aiello, Federica; Tafi, Andrea; Pesci, Nicolò; Uccello-Barretta, Gloria; Botta, Bruno

    2013-12-01

    Bis(diamido)-bridged basket resorcin[4]arene (all-S)-1 and its (all-R)-1 enantiomer proved able to interact with 2'-deoxycytidine (2) and pyrimidine nucleoside analogs in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solution. In such a solvent, the resorcinarene hosts adopt a preferential 1,3-alternate-like conformation, with a larger cavity delimited by two syn 3,5-dimethoxyphenyl moieties, and two external pockets, each delimited by the other 3,5-dimethoxyphenyl group and its diamido arm (the wing). Complexation phenomena were investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods, including (1)H NMR DOSY and 1D ROESY experiments, and molecular modeling. Heteroassociation constants of [(all-S)-1·2] and [(all-R)-1·2] diastereoisomeric complexes were obtained from diffusion data by single point measurements, and from nonlinear fitting of 1H NMR chemical shifts. Selective proton relaxation rate measurements allowed us to significantly discriminate the two complexes by identifying two different interaction sites of the guest in the resorcin[4]arene host, depending on its configuration.

  1. Thin-skinned mass-wasting responsible for edifice-wide deformation at Arenal Volcano

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    Ebmeier, Susanna; Biggs, Juliet; Muller, Cyril; Avard, Geoffroy

    2014-12-01

    The shape and stability of a volcano’s edifice depends on the relationship between eruption rate and the loss or redistribution of material due to erosion, mass-wasting or deformation. This work provides measurements of deformation and shallow mass-wasting at a stratovolcano immediately after an extended period of growth, and demonstrates that high rates of deformation can be associated with shallow edifice processes. We measure displacements and surface property changes on the upper flanks of Arenal, Costa Rica, after a ~40 year period of edifice growth. We present high-resolution satellite radar imagery of the 2011-2013 period that provides evidence of frequent rockfalls and of at least 16 slow-moving, shallow landslides (estimated to be 5-11 m thick, total volume = 2.4×107 m3 DRE). The 2012 Nicoya Earthquake (Mw 7.4) had no measurable impact on the velocities of sliding units at Arenal, but did result in an increase in the area affected by rockfall.

  2. Radiosensitisation of human colorectal cancer cells by ruthenium(II) arene anticancer complexes.

    PubMed

    Carter, R; Westhorpe, A; Romero, M J; Habtemariam, A; Gallevo, C R; Bark, Y; Menezes, N; Sadler, P J; Sharma, R A

    2016-02-12

    Some of the largest improvements in clinical outcomes for patients with solid cancers observed over the past 3 decades have been from concurrent treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy (RT). The lethal effects of RT on cancer cells arise primarily from damage to DNA. Ruthenium (Ru) is a transition metal of the platinum group, with potentially less toxicity than platinum drugs. We postulated that ruthenium-arene complexes are radiosensitisers when used in combination with RT. We screened 14 ruthenium-arene complexes and identified AH54 and AH63 as supra-additive radiosensitisers by clonogenic survival assays and isobologram analyses. Both complexes displayed facial chirality. At clinically relevant doses of RT, radiosensitisation of cancer cells by AH54 and AH63 was p53-dependent. Radiation enhancement ratios for 5-10 micromolar drug concentrations ranged from 1.19 to 1.82. In p53-wildtype cells, both drugs induced significant G2 cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Colorectal cancer cells deficient in DNA damage repair proteins, EME1 and MUS81, were significantly more sensitive to both agents. Both drugs were active in cancer cell lines displaying acquired resistance to oxaliplatin or cisplatin. Our findings broaden the potential scope for these drugs for use in cancer therapy, including combination with radiotherapy to treat colorectal cancer.

  3. Phosphoryl Transfer Processes Promoted by a Trifunctional Calix[4]arene Inspired by DNA Topoisomerase I.

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    Salvio, Riccardo; Volpi, Stefano; Cacciapaglia, Roberta; Sansone, Francesco; Mandolini, Luigi; Casnati, Alessandro

    2016-10-07

    The cone-calix[4]arene derivative (1H3)(2+), decorated at the upper rim with two guanidinium units and a phenolic hydroxyl in an ABAH functionalization pattern, effectively promotes the cleavage of the DNA model compound bis(p-nitrophenyl) phosphate (BNPP) in 80% DMSO solution at pH values in the range 8.5-12.0. The pH dependence of the kinetics was found to be fully consistent with the results of the potentiometric titration of the triprotic acid (1H3)(2+). At pH 9.5, the rate enhancement of p-nitrophenol liberation from BNPP relative to background hydrolysis is 6.5 × 10(4)-fold at 1 mM concentration of the calix[4]arene derivative. Experimental data clearly point to the effective cooperation of the three active units and to the involvement of the phenolate moiety as a nucleophile in the phosphoryl transfer step. Subsequent liberation of a second equivalent of p-nitrophenol from the phosphorylated calixarene intermediate is conceivably promoted by the "built-in" guanidine/guanidinium catalytic dyad.

  4. Size Switchable Supramolecular Nanoparticle Based on Azobenzene Derivative within Anionic Pillar[5]arene

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    Zhang, Cai-Cai; Li, Sheng-Hua; Zhang, Cui-Fang; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    A photo/thermal-switchable supramolecular nanoparticles assembly has been constructed based on an inclusion complex between anionic pillar[5]arene 2C-WP5A and azobenzene derivative Azo-py-OMe (G). The novel anionic pillar[5]arene-based host-guest inclusion complexation was investigated by the 1H NMR titration, 2D ROESY and isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) showing high association constant (Ka) of (2.60 ± 0.06) × 104 M−1 with 1:1 binding stoichiometry. Furthermore, the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly can be conveniently obtained from G and a small amount of 2C-WP5A in aqueous solution, which was so-called “host induced aggregating (HIA)”. The size and morphology of the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly were characterized by TEM and DLS. As a result of the photo/thermal-isomerization of G included in the cavity of 2C-WP5A, the size of these nanoparticles could reversibly change from ~800 nm to ~250 nm, which could switch the solution of this assembly from turbid to clear. PMID:27849055

  5. Size Switchable Supramolecular Nanoparticle Based on Azobenzene Derivative within Anionic Pillar[5]arene

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    Zhang, Cai-Cai; Li, Sheng-Hua; Zhang, Cui-Fang; Liu, Yu

    2016-11-01

    A photo/thermal-switchable supramolecular nanoparticles assembly has been constructed based on an inclusion complex between anionic pillar[5]arene 2C-WP5A and azobenzene derivative Azo-py-OMe (G). The novel anionic pillar[5]arene-based host-guest inclusion complexation was investigated by the 1H NMR titration, 2D ROESY and isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) showing high association constant (Ka) of (2.60 ± 0.06) × 104 M‑1 with 1:1 binding stoichiometry. Furthermore, the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly can be conveniently obtained from G and a small amount of 2C-WP5A in aqueous solution, which was so-called “host induced aggregating (HIA)”. The size and morphology of the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly were characterized by TEM and DLS. As a result of the photo/thermal-isomerization of G included in the cavity of 2C-WP5A, the size of these nanoparticles could reversibly change from ~800 nm to ~250 nm, which could switch the solution of this assembly from turbid to clear.

  6. Identification of radiation-induced radical structure in azocalix[4]arene: an EPR study.

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    Usta, Keziban; Ozen Karakus, Ozlem; Usta, Ayhan; Deligoz, Hasalettin

    2013-10-01

    A macrocyclic azocalix[4]arene (1) based ester derivative was synthesized. The single crystals of azocalix[4]arene were produced by slow evaporation of concentrated ethyl acetate solutions. These single crystals were exposed to (60) Co gamma rays with a dose rate of 0.980 kGy h(-1) for 48 and 72 h to produce a stable free radical. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements were performed in three mutually perpendicular planes of the single crystal in the magnetic field, in addition, temperature dependence of the EPR signal was studied between 120 K and 450 K. The spectra were found to be temperature and angular dependent. Analysis based on the spectra recorded showed that a free radical was formed by fission of a C-H bond. This radical is described as (•) Ca HCb H3 The averages of the principal values of the hyperfine parameters and g-factor are: g = 2.0034, AHa  = 1.28 mT, AH1=H2  = 1.00 mT, and AH3  = 0.49 mT.

  7. Radiosensitisation of human colorectal cancer cells by ruthenium(II) arene anticancer complexes

    PubMed Central

    Carter, R; Westhorpe, A; Romero, MJ; Habtemariam, A; Gallevo, CR; Bark, Y; Menezes, N; Sadler, PJ; Sharma, RA

    2016-01-01

    Some of the largest improvements in clinical outcomes for patients with solid cancers observed over the past 3 decades have been from concurrent treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy (RT). The lethal effects of RT on cancer cells arise primarily from damage to DNA. Ruthenium (Ru) is a transition metal of the platinum group, with potentially less toxicity than platinum drugs. We postulated that ruthenium-arene complexes are radiosensitisers when used in combination with RT. We screened 14 ruthenium-arene complexes and identified AH54 and AH63 as supra-additive radiosensitisers by clonogenic survival assays and isobologram analyses. Both complexes displayed facial chirality. At clinically relevant doses of RT, radiosensitisation of cancer cells by AH54 and AH63 was p53-dependent. Radiation enhancement ratios for 5–10 micromolar drug concentrations ranged from 1.19 to 1.82. In p53-wildtype cells, both drugs induced significant G2 cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Colorectal cancer cells deficient in DNA damage repair proteins, EME1 and MUS81, were significantly more sensitive to both agents. Both drugs were active in cancer cell lines displaying acquired resistance to oxaliplatin or cisplatin. Our findings broaden the potential scope for these drugs for use in cancer therapy, including combination with radiotherapy to treat colorectal cancer. PMID:26867983

  8. Why Aren’t Lightsabers Real Yet? Get the Lowdown from a Laser Physicist

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    Hunsberger, Maren; Liao, Zhi

    2016-07-12

    The release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" begs the obvious question: Why aren't lightsabers real yet? LLNL science communicator Maren Hunsberger gets the lowdown from laser physicist Zhi Liao in this first installment of "Inside the Lab," a new YouTube series exploring crazy-cool science questions.

  9. Why Aren't We There Yet? Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus. An ACPA Publication

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    Arminio, Jan, Ed.; Torres, Vasti, Ed.; Pope, Raechele L., Ed.

    2012-01-01

    Despite seeming endless debate and public attention given to the issue for several decades, those committed to creating welcoming and engaging campus environments for all students recognize that there is considerably more work to be done, and ask "Why aren't we there yet, and when will we be done?" While our campuses have evolved from being…

  10. Ruthenium- and osmium-arene-based paullones bearing a TEMPO free-radical unit as potential anticancer drugs.

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    Arion, Vladimir B; Dobrov, Anatolie; Göschl, Simone; Jakupec, Michael A; Keppler, Bernhard K; Rapta, Peter

    2012-09-04

    A modified paullone ligand bearing a TEMPO free-radical unit (HL) and its ruthenium(II) and osmium(II)-arene complexes [M(p-cymene)(HL)Cl]Cl·nH(2)O (M = Ru, Os) exhibit high antiproliferative activity in human cancer cell lines.

  11. Synthesis, Structure, and Anticancer Activity of Arene-Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Acylpyrazolones Bearing Aliphatic Groups in the Acyl Moiety.

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    Palmucci, Jessica; Marchetti, Fabio; Pettinari, Riccardo; Pettinari, Claudio; Scopelliti, Rosario; Riedel, Tina; Therrien, Bruno; Galindo, Agustin; Dyson, Paul J

    2016-11-21

    A series of neutral ruthenium(II) arene complexes [(arene)Ru(Q(R))Cl] (arene = p-cymene (cym) or hexamethylbenzene (hmb)) containing 4-acyl-5-pyrazolonate Q(R) ligands with different electronic and steric substituents (R = 4-cyclohexyl, 4-stearoyl, or 4-adamantyl) and related ionic complexes [(arene)Ru(Q(R))(PTA)][PF6] (PTA = 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantane) were synthesized and characterized by spectroscopy (IR, UV-vis, ESI-MS, and (1)H and (13)C NMR), elemental analysis, X-ray crystallography, and density functional theory studies. The cytotoxicity of the proligands and metal complexes was evaluated in vitro against human ovarian carcinoma cells (A2780 and A2780cisR), as well as against nontumorous human embryonic kidney (HEK293) cells. In general the cationic PTA-containing complexes are more cytotoxic than their neutral precursors with a chloride ligand in place of the PTA. Moreover, the complexes do not show cross-resistance and are essentially equally cytotoxic to both the A2780 and A2780cisR cell lines, although they only show limited selectivity toward the cancer cell lines.

  12. Self-assembled arene-ruthenium-based rectangles for the selective sensing of multi-carboxylate anions.

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    Vajpayee, Vaishali; Song, Young Ho; Lee, Min Hyung; Kim, Hyunuk; Wang, Ming; Stang, Peter J; Chi, Ki-Whan

    2011-07-04

    Novel arene-ruthenium [2+2] metalla-rectangles 4 and 5 have been synthesized by self-assembly using dipyridyl amide ligand 3 and arene-ruthenium acceptors (arene: benzoquinone (1), naphthacenedione (2)) and characterized by NMR spectroscopy and ESI-MS. The solid-state structure of 5 was determined by X-ray diffraction and shows encapsulated diethyl ether molecule in the rectangular cavity of 5. The luminescent 5 was further used for anion sensing with the amidic linkage serving as a hydrogen-bond donor site for anions and the ruthenium moiety serving as a signaling unit. A UV/Vis titration study demonstrated that although 5 interacts very weakly with common monoanions as well as with flexible dicarboxylate anions such as malonate and succinate, it displays significant binding affinity (K>10(3) in MeOH) for rigid multi-carboxylate anions such as oxalate, citrate, and tartrate, exhibiting a 1:1 stoichiometry. It has been suggested that 1:1 bidentate hydrogen bonding assisted by appropriate geometrical complementarity is mainly responsible for the increased affinity of 5 towards such anions. A fluorescence titration study revealed a large fluorescence enhancement of 5 upon binding to multi-carboxylate anions, which can be attributed to the blocking of the photoinduced electron-transfer process from the arene-Ru moiety to the amidic donor in 5 as a result of hydrogen bonding between the donor and the anion.

  13. Adsorption of remazol yellow FG from aqueous solution on chitosan-linked P-T-Butylcalix[4]Arene

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    Suci Handayani, Desi; Purnawan, Candra; Pranoto; Hastuti, Sri; Hilmiyana, Diniyah

    2016-02-01

    Chitosan-liked p-t-butylcalix[4]arene can be applied as an adsorbent of dye Remazol Yellow FG because it has an active group of hydroxy (-OH) and amine (-NH2). Adsorption had done by comparing to chitosan. Adsorption was carried out in a batch system. Several variables including pH, contact time, and initial concentration of dye Remazol Yellow FG were determined. The optimum adsorption conditions of dye Remazol Yellow FG by chitosan dan chitosan-liked p-t-butylcalix[4]arene occurred at pH 4 and a contact time of 135 minutes. The adsorption kinetics of dye Remazol Yellow FG using chitosan and chitosan-liked p-t- butylcalix[4]arene followed Ho kinetics model, pseudo-second order and the rate constant of adsorption was 2.42 x 10-4 g/mg.menit and 3.63 x 10-4 g/mg.menit. The isothermal study showed that adsorption of dye Remazol Yellow FG using chitosan and chitosan-liked p-t- butylcalix[4]arene tends to follow the Langmuir isotherm, with adsorption energy was 24.92 kJ/mol and 32.21 kJ/mol.

  14. Ti(IV)-catalyzed cascade synthesis of tetrahydrofuro[3,2-d]oxazole from arene-1,4-diones.

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    Li, Gang; Li, Li; Huang, Haihong; Yin, Dali

    2015-04-21

    A tetrahydrofuro[3,2-d]oxazole scaffold was synthesized efficiently and stereoselectively. The tandem ionic hydrogenation, ketalization, and intramolecular cyclization of arene-1,4-diones with a combination of TiCl4/Et3SiH give facile access to tetrahydrofuro[3,2-d]oxazole derivatives in good yields at room temperature.

  15. Ditopic CMPO-pillar[5]arenes as unique receptors for efficient separation of americium(III) and europium(III).

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    Fang, Yuyu; Yuan, Xiangyang; Wu, Lei; Peng, Zhiyong; Feng, Wen; Liu, Ning; Xu, Dingguo; Li, Shoujian; Sengupta, Arijit; Mohapatra, Prasanta K; Yuan, Lihua

    2015-03-11

    A unique host-guest recognition process involving a new class of homoditopic CMPO-pillar[5]arenes and lanthanides was revealed to proceed in a stepwise manner, and correlated with the efficient separation of americium(III) and europium(III) under acidic feed conditions.

  16. Structural alteration of the metal-organic pyrogallol[4]arene nano-capsule motif by incorporation of large metal centres.

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    Jin, Ping; Kumari, Harshita; Kennedy, Stuart; Barnes, Charles L; Teat, Simon J; Dalgarno, Scott J; Atwood, Jerry L

    2014-05-04

    Addition of cadmium(II) nitrate to gallium-coordinated metal-organic C-alkylpyrogallol[4]arene nano-capsules affords a variation of the near spherical hexamer motif, structural changes in which are induced by the markedly different nature of the secondary incorporated metal.

  17. Photophysical properties of Lanthanide Dinuclear complexes with p-tert-butylcalix[8]arene[sup 1,2

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    Buenzli, J.-C.G.; Froidevaux, P. ); Harrowfield, J.M. )

    1993-07-21

    The macrocyclic octaphenol p-tert-butylcalix[8]arene (LH[sub 8]) was reacted with lanthanide(III) ions in dimethylformamide (DMF) containing triethylamine to obtain both homo- and heterodinuclear neutral complexes of composition [(Ln1:Ln2)LH[sub 2](DMF)[sub 5

  18. Computational and Experimental Studies of Phthaloyl Peroxide-Mediated Hydroxylation of Arenes Yield a More Reactive Derivative, 4,5-Dichlorophthaloyl Peroxide.

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    Camelio, Andrew M; Liang, Yong; Eliasen, Anders M; Johnson, Trevor C; Yuan, Changxia; Schuppe, Alex W; Houk, K N; Siegel, Dionicio

    2015-08-21

    The oxidation of arenes by the reagent phthaloyl peroxide provides a new method for the synthesis of phenols. A new, more reactive arene oxidizing reagent, 4,5-dichlorophthaloyl peroxide, computationally predicted and experimentally determined to possess enhanced reactivity, has expanded the scope of the reaction while maintaining a high level of tolerance for diverse functional groups. The reaction proceeds through a novel "reverse-rebound" mechanism with diradical intermediates. Mechanistic insight was achieved through isolation and characterization of minor byproducts, determination of linear free energy correlations, and computational analysis of substituent effects of arenes, each of which provided additional support for the reaction proceeding through the diradical pathway.

  19. Tuning Reactivity and Site Selectivity of Simple Arenes in C–H Activation: Ortho-Arylation of Anisoles via Arene–Metal π-Complexation

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    2014-01-01

    Current approaches to achieve site selectivity in the C–H activation of arenes involve the use of directing groups or highly electron-poor arenes. In contrast, simple arenes, such as anisole, are characterized by poor reactivity and selectivity. We report that π-complexation to a Cr(CO)3 unit enhances the reactivity of anisoles providing an unprecedented ortho-selective arylation. This mild methodology can be used for the late stage functionalization of bioactive compounds containing the anisole motif, allowing the construction of novel organic scaffolds with few synthetic steps. PMID:25510851

  20. Field reconnaissance of the effects of the earthquake of April 13, 1973, near Laguna de Arenal, Costa Rica

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    Plafker, George

    1973-01-01

    At about 3:34 a.m. on April 13, 1973, a moderate-sized, but widely-felt, earthquake caused extensive damage with loss of 23 lives in a rural area of about 150 km2 centered just south of Laguna de Arenal in northwestern Costa Rica (fig. 1). This report summarizes the results of the writer's reconnaissance investigation of the area that was affected by the earthquake of April 13, 1973. A 4-day field study of the meizoseismal area was carried out during the period from April 28 through May 1 under the auspices of the U.S. Geological Survey. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate geologic factors that contributed to the damage and loss of life. The earthquake was also of special interest because of the possibility that it was accompanied by surface faulting comparable to that which occurred at Managua, Nicaragua, during the disastrous earthquake of December 23, 1972 (Brown, Ward, and Plafker, 1973). Such earthquake-related surface faulting can provide scientifically valuable information on active tectonic processes at shallow depths within the Middle America arc. Also, identification of active faults in this area is of considerable practical importance because of the planned construction of a major hydroelectrical facility within the meizoseismal area by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (I.C.E.). The project would involve creation of a storage reservoir within the Laguna de Arenal basin and part of the Río Arenal valley with a 75 m-high earthfill dam across Río Arenal at a point about 10 km east of the outlet of Laguna de Arenal.

  1. Complex behavior and source model of the tremor at Arenal volcano, Costa Rica

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    Lesage, Philippe; Mora, Mauricio M.; Alvarado, Guillermo E.; Pacheco, Javier; Métaxian, Jean-Philippe

    2006-09-01

    Typical records of volcanic tremor and explosion quakes at Arenal volcano are analyzed with a high-resolution time-frequency method. The main characteristics of these seismic signals are: (1) numerous regularly spaced spectral peaks including both odd and even overtones; (2) frequency gliding in the range [0.9-2] Hz of the fundamental peak; (3) frequency jumps with either positive or negative increments; (4) tremor episodes with two simultaneous systems of spectral peaks affected by independent frequency gliding; (5) progressive transitions between spasmodic tremor and harmonic tremor; (6) lack of clear and systematic relationship between the occurrence of explosions and tremor. Some examples of alternation between two states of oscillation characterized by different fundamental frequencies are also observed. Some tremor and explosion codas are characterized by acoustic and seismic waves with identical spectral content and frequency gliding, which suggests a common excitation process. We propose a source model for the tremor at Arenal in which intermittent gas flow through fractures produces repetitive pressure pulses. The repeating period of the pulses is stabilized by a feedback mechanism associated with standing or traveling waves in the magmatic conduit. The pressure pulses generate acoustic waves in the atmosphere and act as excitation of the interface waves in the conduit. When the repeating period of the pulses is stable enough, they produce regularly spaced spectral peaks by the Dirac comb effect and hence harmonic tremor. When the period stability is lost, because of failures in the feedback mechanism, the tremor becomes spasmodic. The proposed source model of tremor is similar to the sound emission process of a clarinet. Fractures in the solid or viscous layer capping the lava pool in the crater act as the clarinet reed, and the conduit filled with low velocity bubbly magma is equivalent to the pipe of the musical instrument. The frequency gliding is

  2. The first water-soluble pillar[5]arene dimer: synthesis and construction of a reversible fluorescent supramolecular polymer network in water.

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    Sun, Yan; Wang, Jin; Yao, Yong

    2016-12-20

    The first water-soluble pillar[n]arene (n = 5) dimer was successfully synthesized. This dimer can complex with carboxylate anion-functionalized tetraphenyl ethylene to form a reversible fluorescent supramolecular polymer network in water.

  3. Discovery of a highly tumor-selective organometallic ruthenium(II)-arene complex.

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    Clavel, Catherine M; Păunescu, Emilia; Nowak-Sliwinska, Patrycja; Griffioen, Arjan W; Scopelliti, Rosario; Dyson, Paul J

    2014-04-24

    A ruthenium(II)-arene complex with a perfluoroalkyl-ligand was found to display remarkable selectivity toward cancer cells. IC50 values on several cancer cell lines are in the range of 25-45 μM, and no cytotoxic effect was observed on nontumorigenic (HEK-293) cells at concentrations up to 500 μM (the maximum concentration tested). Consequently, this complex was used as the basis for the development of a number of related derivatives, which were screened in cancerous and noncancerous cell lines. The lead compound was then evaluated in vivo for antiangiogenic activity in the CAM model and in a xenografted ovarian carcinoma tumor (A2780) grown on the CAM. A 90% reduction in the tumor growth was observed.

  4. Calix[4]arene coated QCM sensors for detection of VOC emissions: Methylene chloride sensing studies.

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    Temel, Farabi; Tabakci, Mustafa

    2016-06-01

    This paper describes the sensing studies of QCM sensors with coated some calixarene derivatives bearing different functional groups for some selected Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as acetone, acetonitrile, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, methylene chloride (MC), N,N-dimethylformamide, 1,4-dioxane, ethanol, ethyl acetate, xylene, methanol, n-hexane and toluene. The initial experiments have revealed that whole the calix[4]arene modified QCM sensors exhibited strongest sensing ability to MC emissions. Thus, the detailed studies were performed for only MC emissions after the determination of relatively more effective calix-coated QCM sensors for MC emissions in aqueous media. The results demonstrated that QCM sensor coated with calix-7 bearing both amino and imidazole groups was most useful sensor for MC emissions with 54.1ppm of detection limit. Moreover, it was understood that cyclic structures, H-bonding capabilities and also good preorganization properties of calixarene derivatives played an important role in VOC sensing processes.

  5. Conformational changes of a calix[8]arene derivative at the air-water interface.

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    de Miguel, Gustavo; Pedrosa, José M; Martín-Romero, María T; Muñoz, Eulogia; Richardson, Tim H; Camacho, Luis

    2005-03-10

    The particular behavior of a p-tert-butyl calix[8]arene derivative (C8A) has been studied at the air-water interface using surface pressure-area isotherms, surface potential-area isotherms, film relaxation measurements, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM), and infrared spectroscopy for Langmuir-Blodgett films. Thus, it is observed that the properties of the film, for example, isotherms, domain formation, and FTIR spectra, recorded during the first compression cycle differ appreciably from those during the second compression and following cycles. The results obtained are interpreted on the basis of the conformational changes of the C8A molecules by surface pressure, allowing us to inquire into the inter- and intramolecular interactions (hydrogen bonds) of those molecules. Thus, the compression induces changes in the kind of hydrogen bonds from intra- and intermolecular with other C8A molecules to hydrogen bonds with water molecules.

  6. Study on the inclusion behavior of p-sulfonatocalix[6]arene with propranolol by spectrofluorometry

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    Li, Hui; Song, Jin-Ping; Chao, Jian-Bin; Shuang, Shao-Min; Dong, Chuan

    2012-11-01

    The inclusion interaction between propranolol (PPL) and p-sulfonatocalix[6]arene (SCX6) was investigated by fluorescence and 1H NMR spectroscopy. Influences of pH, temperature, ionic strength and the concentration of SCX6 were examined in detail. In phosphate buffer solution with pH 7.5, the fluorescence of PPL dramatically quenched upon addition of SCX6 revealing the formation of inclusion complexes between PPL and SCX6. The stoichiometric ratio was verified to be 1:1 by the continuous variation method. The inclusion constant of PPL-SCX6 complexes was calculated as 2.2 × 104 L/mol by the nonlinear curve fitting method. 1H NMR titration spectra testified that the aliphatic chain of PPL may be partially penetrated into the hydrophobic cavity of SCX6. This was confirmed by molecular dynamics calculations.

  7. Preparation and Antibacterial Activity of Inclusion Complex Sulfonatocalix[4]arene-Xanthone against Escherichia Coli

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    Kusumaningsih, T.; Firdaus, M.; Suparjo, H. F.

    2017-02-01

    The preparation of inclusion complex sulfonatocalix[4]arene (SC[4]A) with xanthone and measurement of antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli have been performed. Analysis of the structure of inclusion complex between SC[4]A and xanthone was investigated by using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (H-NMR). The solubility of the product in water was examined. Surface area and porous determination were analyzed by Surface Area Analyzer (SAA). Antibacterial activity test was performed for 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 24 hours. The results showed that antibacterial activity of the complex of xanthone SC[4]An against Escherichia coli was higher than that of xanthone it self.

  8. Organolithium compounds in the nucleophilic substitution of hydrogen in arenes and hetarenes

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    Kovalev, I. S.; Kopchuk, D. S.; Zyryanov, G. V.; Rusinov, V. L.; Chupakhin, O. N.; Charushin, V. N.

    2015-12-01

    The review considers the most typical examples of the direct non-activated non-catalytic C-C bond formation in arenes and their metal complexes activated by electron-withdrawing substituents in the aromatic nucleus and in hetarenes (azines and their N-oxides, porphyrins, etc.) upon the reactions with aliphatic and (hetero)aromatic (hetero)organolithium nucleophiles. Particular attention is given to the direct introduction of nitroxide radicals and (hetero)organic moieties into mono-, di- and triazines and their N-oxides. The influence of the structures of the (hetero)aromatic substrate and the (hetero)organolithium nucleophile on the reaction pathway and rate and on the structure of the reaction product is analyzed. The bibliography includes 237 references. Dedicated to Academician N S Zefirov on the occasion of 80th birthday.

  9. The Olefin Metathesis Reactions Combined with Organo-Iron Arene Activation Towards Dendrimers, and Polymers

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    Astruc, Didier; Martinez, Victor

    The subjects treated in the two lectures of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summer course are (1) the combination of arene activation and perfunctionalization using organo-iron chemistry with olefin metathesis incuding metathesis of dendritic polyolefin molecules; (2) the synthesis of metallodendritic benzylidene complexes that catalyse ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) under ambient conditions and the formation of dendritic stars; (3) the use of stoichiometric and catalytic electron-transfer processes with standard reservoirs of electrons (reductants) or electron holes (oxidants) iron complexes to achieve noteworthy metathesis reactions or synthesize compounds that are useful in metathesis. Only the two first topics are treated in this chapter, and interested readers can find references concerning the third aspect called in the introduction and subsequently cited in the reference list.

  10. Layered Calcium Structures of p-Phosphonic Acid O-Methyl-Calix[6]arene

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    Clark, Thomas E.; Martin, Adam; Makha, Mohamed; Sobolev, Alexandre N.; Su, Dian; Rohrs, Henry W.; Gross, Michael L.; Raston, Colin L.

    2010-01-01

    Hexamethoxy-calix[6]arene has been fully functionalized with p-phosphonic acid groups on the upper rim in 57% yield over three steps, and has been authenticated in the solid state by X-ray diffraction as either a nitrate salt or one of two calcium complexes. The latter differ by the ratio of calcium ions per calixarene, either 3:1 or 4:1. In both structures the coordination sphere of the calcium ions is made up of oxygen atoms from the phosphonic acid groups and from water of crystallization, as part of extended polymeric layers in the extended 3D packing. Hirshfeld surface analysis shows extensive O…H and O…Ca interactions for the phosphonic acid moieties in both calcium structures. MALDI-TOF MS of the hexaphosphonic acid shows nano-arrays consisting of up to a maximum of 28 calixarene units. PMID:20657793

  11. Rationally designed calix[4]arene-pyrrolotetrathiafulvalene receptors for electron-deficient neutral guests.

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    Düker, Matthias H; Schäfer, Hannes; Zeller, Matthias; Azov, Vladimir A

    2013-05-17

    Four upper rim bis-monopyrrolotetrathiafulvalene-calix[4]arene conjugates 2a,b and 3a,b have been efficiently synthesized using a modular construction approach. The new compounds feature a molecular tweezer architecture with a quasi-parallel arrangement of redox-active tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) arms, which serve as the guest binding centers. Complexation studies using UV/vis binding titrations revealed a high affinity of the calixarene-TTF receptors for planar electron-deficient guests, leading to formation of deeply colored charge-transfer complexes in solution. The binding efficiency of the receptors depends on the flexibility of the calixarene scaffolds and the electronic nature of the TTF arms: the highest binding efficiency is shown by receptor 2b, featuring a highly preorganized molecular structure and an electron-rich TTF moiety.

  12. Hydrogen ion-selective poly(vinyl chloride) membrane electrode based on a calix[4]arene.

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    Kuruoğlu, Demet; Canel, Esin; Memon, Shahabuddin; Yilmaz, Mustafa; Kiliç, Esma

    2003-02-01

    A hydrogen ion-selective poly(vinyl chloride) membrane electrode was constructed using 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,26,27,28-tetracyanomethoxycalix[4]arene as a neutral carrier. The electrode showed an apparent Nernstian response in the 2-11.5 pH range with a slope of 54.0 +/- 0.2 mV/pH at 20 +/- degrees C. This electrode showed a rapid response of the emf to changes in the pH, high ion selectivity with respect to lithium, sodium and potassium, and characteristics similar to those reported for the conventional pH glass membrane electrode. It can be used as a potentiometric indicator electrode in hydrofluoric acid solutions. The effects of iodide, thiocyanate, perchlorate and bromide on the characteristics of the electrode were also considered.

  13. Closed- to open-system differentiation at Arenal volcano (1968 2003)

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    Ryder, C. H.; Gill, J. B.; Tepley, F.; Ramos, F.; Reagan, M.

    2006-09-01

    Arenal volcano, located in northern Costa Rica, has been continuously erupting since 1968. Magmas during the first half of the eruption by volume (Stage 1: 1968-1971) were related by largely closed-system crystal fractionation that had produced a compositionally zoned magma chamber prior to 1968. It erupted downward from the most differentiated magma in 1968 to the most mafic by early 1971. In contrast, the second half of the eruption has been dominated by recharge and compositions have become more evolved with time (Stage 2: 1971-current). We base these conclusions on new major and trace element plus Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotope analyses of 56 whole rocks from throughout the eruption. Differentiates are enriched in incompatible elements in both stages, but compatible element concentrations drop much more during Stage 1 than 2. Changes during Stage 1 were successfully modeled using least squares and MELTS models despite the mineral complexity of the rocks. About 19% fractional crystallization of phenocryst phases (plagioclase > orthopyroxene > clinopyroxene > magnetite) is required, consistent with crystallization at 4 kb and from 1145 to 1088 °C of a melt initially containing 2.5 wt.% H 2O at quite oxidizing conditions (QFM + 2). An implication is that most phenocrysts formed during decompression and degassing. Changes during the second stage were successfully modeled using EC-E'RAχFC with the ratio of recharge to crystallization decreasing from 17 to 5 over ˜ 30 years. Crystallization rates (d FS / d t) increase from 0.05 to 0.4%/a from closed- to open-system behavior and are even faster than inferred from U-series disequilibria. The recharging magma results from a smaller degree of flux melting of a mostly similar source than for the resident magma prior to the eruption, with the two events separated by ˜ 450 years. The most recent compositions have no precedent at Arenal.

  14. Identification of the structural determinants for anticancer activity of a ruthenium arene peptide conjugate.

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    Meier, Samuel M; Novak, Maria; Kandioller, Wolfgang; Jakupec, Michael A; Arion, Vladimir B; Metzler-Nolte, Nils; Keppler, Bernhard K; Hartinger, Christian G

    2013-07-08

    Organometallic Ru(arene)-peptide bioconjugates with potent in vitro anticancer activity are rare. We have prepared a conjugate of a Ru(arene) complex with the neuropeptide [Leu(5)]-enkephalin. [Chlorido(η(6)-p-cymene)(5-oxo-κO-2-{(4-[(N-tyrosinyl-glycinyl-glycinyl-phenylalanyl-leucinyl-NH2)propanamido]-1H-1,2,3-triazol-1-yl)methyl}-4H-pyronato-κO)ruthenium(II)] (8) shows antiproliferative activity in human ovarian carcinoma cells with an IC50 value as low as 13 μM, whereas the peptide or the Ru moiety alone are hardly cytotoxic. The conjugation strategy for linking the Ru(cym) (cym=η(6)-p-cymene) moiety to the peptide involved N-terminal modification of an alkyne-[Leu(5)]-enkephalin with a 2-(azidomethyl)-5-hydroxy-4H-pyran-4-one linker, using Cu(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC), and subsequent metallation with the Ru(cym) moiety. The ruthenium-bioconjugate was characterized by high resolution top-down electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) with regard to peptide sequence, linker modification and metallation site. Notably, complete sequence coverage was obtained and the Ru(cym) moiety was confirmed to be coordinated to the pyronato linker. The ruthenium-bioconjugate was analyzed with respect to cytotoxicity-determining constituents, and through the bioconjugate models [{2-(azidomethyl)-5-oxo-κO-4H-pyronato-κO}chloride (η(6)-p-cymene)ruthenium(II)] (5) and [chlorido(η(6)-p-cymene){5-oxo-κO-2-([(4-(phenoxymethyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-1-yl]methyl)-4H-pyronato-κO}ruthenium(II)] (6) the Ru(cym) fragment with a triazole-carrying pyronato ligand was identified as the minimal unit required to achieve in vitro anticancer activity.

  15. Energy and geometry of cooperative hydrogen bonds in p-substituted calix[n]- and thiacalix[n]arenes: a quantum-chemical approach.

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    Novikov, Andrej N; Shapiro, Yury E

    2012-01-12

    (Thia)calix[n]arenes have been widely applied as molecular platforms and host molecules in supramolecular chemistry due to their high level of preorganization and well-detectable conformational preferences. Here we report on quantum-chemical calculations allowing the conformational analysis of p-substituted calix[4]-, calix[6]-, thiacalix[4]-, and thiacalix[6]arenes. To this effect, ab initio and density functional theory (DFT) calculations with the aid of RHF/3-21G, B3LYP/6-31G, B3LYP/6-31G(d,p), and B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) have been applied. The obtained structural data and the estimated energies of the intramolecular hydrogen bonds give clear evidence of the presence of cooperative effects of the hydrogen bonding. Multiple correlations between the pairs of Hammett constants of substituents and the calculated values of hydrogen bond energies in the corresponding p-substituted (thia)calix[n]arenes have been found. These energies can be considered as descriptors of a chemical reactivity of the p-substituted derivatives of (thia)calix[n]arenes. For example, the reaction of nucleophilic substitution, involving p-substituted calix[6]arenes in the presence of weak bases and in aprotic solvents or in the gas phase, under orbital control conditions should proceed through the diastereomeric transition states. Here, the achiral p-substituted calix[6]arene derivative mainly forms as an intermediate product of the reaction with a substrate without asymmetric centers.

  16. Palladium-catalyzed Cs2CO3-promoted arylation of unactivated C(sp(3))-H bonds by (diacetoxyiodo)arenes: shifting the reactivity of (diacetoxyiodo)arenes from acetoxylation to arylation.

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    Gou, Quan; Zhang, Zhao-Fu; Liu, Zhi-Cheng; Qin, Jun

    2015-03-20

    PdCl2(CH3CN)2-catalyzed arylation of unactivated C(sp(3))-H bonds using (diacetoxyiodo)arenes as arylation reagents is reported. The reactivity of (diacetoxyiodo)arenes as arylation reagents is enabled in the presence of Cs2CO3 under the reaction conditions. This arylation method is highly efficient and occurs without the use of silver salt. The reaction tolerates a broad substrate scope that was not demonstrated by other silver salt-free C(sp(3))-H bond arylation conditions. The synthetic utility of the method is further illustrated in the synthesis of the psychotropic drug phenibut. A detailed mechanism study has been conducted to understand the reaction pathway.

  17. The (Calix[4]arene)chloromolybdate(IV) anion [MoCl(Calix)](-): a convenient entry into molybdenum Calix[4]arene chemistry.

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    Radius, Udo; Attner, J

    2004-12-27

    The complex (HNEt(3))[MoCl(NCMe)(Calix)] (1), prepared from the reaction of [MoCl(4)(NCMe)(2)] with p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene, H(4)Calix, in the presence of triethylamine, has been used as a source of the d(2)-[Mo(NCMe)(Calix)] fragment. Complex 1 is readily oxidized with PhICl(2) to afford the molybdenum(VI) dichloro complex [MoCl(2)(Calix)] (2). Both complexes are a convenient entry point into molybdenum(VI) and molybdenum(IV) calixarene chemistry. The reaction of 1 with trimethylphosphine and pyridine in the presence of catalytic amounts [Ag(OTf)] led to the formation of neutral d(2) complexes [Mo(PMe(3))(NCMe)(Calix)] (3) and [Mo(NC(5)H(5))(NCMe)(Calix)] (4). The role of the silver salt in the reaction mixture is presumably the oxidation of the chloromolybdate anion of 1 to give a reactive molybdenum(V) species. The same reactions can also be initiated with ferrocenium cations such as [Cp(2)Fe](BF(4)). Without the presence of coordinating ligands, the dimeric complex [[Mo(NCMe)(Calix)](2)] (5) was isolated. The reaction of 1 with Ph(2)CN(2) led to the formation of a metallahydrazone complex [Mo(N(2)CPh(2))(NCMe)(Calix)] (6), in which the diphenyldiazomethane has been formally reduced by two electrons. Molybdenum(VI) complexes were also obtained from reaction of 1 with azobenzene and sodium azide in the presence of catalytic amounts of silver salt. The reaction with azobenzene led under cleavage of the nitrogen nitrogen bond to an imido complex [Mo(NPh)(NCMe)(Calix)] (7), whereas the reaction with sodium azide afforded the mononuclear molybdenum(VI) nitrido complex (HNEt(3))[MoN(Calix)] (8).

  18. Selectivity of calix[4]arene-bis(benzocrown-6) in the complexation and transport of francium ion.

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    Haverlock, Tamara J; Mirzadeh, Saed; Moyer, Bruce A

    2003-02-05

    It is shown for the first time that a representative member of the "cesium-selective" calix[4]arene-crown-6 family exhibits a high affinity for Fr+ ion. In the investigation, the transport of 221Fr+ and Cs+ ions by calix[4]arene-bis(benzocrown-6) from an aqueous sodium nitrate solution into the water-immiscible diluent 1,2-dichloroethane was measured and compared to address the question of selectivity of the calix-crown-6 cavity toward alkali metal ions of increasing size. Selective separation of 221Fr+ from its parent 225Ac and from the matrix Na+ ions was demonstrated. Higher distribution ratios were obtained than those for the Cs+ ion. The extraction equilibria were determined for the case of the Cs+ ion, and the same equilibria were shown to be applicable to the case of Fr+ with inclusion of additional competitive effects.

  19. Molecular construction, characterization, and photophysical properties of supramolecular lanthanide-calix[4]arene covalently bonded hybrid systems.

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    Yan, Bing; Wang, Qian-Ming; Ma, Dong-Jie

    2009-01-05

    Hydroxyl groups of the macrocyclic compound p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene have been converted into urethanesil (-NH(C=O)O-)-grafted bridges through a hydrogen transfer nucleophilic addition reaction. Subsequently, the modified macrocyclic derivative can coordinate to lanthanide ions (Tb, Eu) effectively and form a hybrid framework after the cohydrolysis and copolycondensation process through the triethoxysilane components. The above sol-gel-derived inorganic-organic supramolecular hybrids are analyzed under infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet absorption, and luminescence spectroscopy for interpretation of their photophysical properties. Spectroscopic data point out that the modified calix[4]arene could sensitize diverse lanthanide ions to exhibit attractive green and red luminescence. It is noted that the triplet energy level of this particular macrocyclic bridged ligand is more suitable for the emissive energy level of Tb(3+) ions than the Eu(3+) ions. The luminescent lifetimes and quantum yields of europium hybrids are discussed, and the number of water molecules coordinated to Eu(3+) is estimated.

  20. Immobilization of Chlorosulfonyl-Calix[4]arene onto the surface of silica gel through the directly estrification

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    Taghvaei-Ganjali, Saeed; Zadmard, Reza; Saber-Tehrani, Mandana

    2012-06-01

    For the first time Chlorosulfonyl-Calix[4]arene has been chemically bonded to silica gel through the directly estrification without silane coupling agent to prepare Chlorosulfonyl-Calix[4]arene-bonded silica gel. Sample characterization was performed by various techniques such as elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), 29Si CP/MAS spectroscopy and acid-base titration. All data approve the successful incorporation of organic group via covalent bond. From the comparison between sulfur content determined by elemental analysis and the number of H+ determined by acid-base titration, it was shown that two ester units took place onto the new synthesized sample and two acidic sites exist on the surface.

  1. Thiacalix[4]arene functionalized gold nano-assembly for recognition of isoleucine in aqueous solution and its antioxidant study

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    Darjee, Savan M.; Bhatt, Keyur; Kongor, Anita; Panchal, Manthan K.; Jain, Vinod K.

    2017-01-01

    Thiacalix[4]arenes comes under heteracalixarene class which has notable utility in the area of nanoscience. This stimulation has led to the synthesis of water-dispersible gold nanoparticles (AuNps) using thiacalix[4]arene tetrahydrazide (TCTH) as both reducing as well as stabilizing agent. The synthesized nanoparticles (TCTH-AuNps) were characterized by SPR, TEM and EDX. TCTH-AuNps were found to be selective and sensitive for isoleucine. The concentration of isoleucine was detected in the limit of 1 nM to 1.2 μM based on fluorescence enhancement. TCTH-AuNps were also used to measure antioxidant capacity against the standard ascorbic acid.

  2. Calix[4]arene-Functionalised Silver Nanoparticles as Hosts for Pyridinium-Loaded Gold Nanoparticles as Guests.

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    Vita, Francesco; Boccia, Alice; Marrani, Andrea G; Zanoni, Robertino; Rossi, Francesca; Arduini, Arturo; Secchi, Andrea

    2015-10-19

    A series of lipophilic gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) circa 5 nm in diameter and having a mixed organic layer consisting of 1-dodecanethiol and 1-(11-mercaptoundecyl) pyridinium bromide was synthesised by reacting tetraoctylammonium bromide stabilised AuNPs in toluene with different mixtures of the two thiolate ligands. A bidentate ω-alkylthiolate calix[4]arene derivative was instead used as a functional protecting layer on AgNPs of approximately 3 nm. The functionalised nanoparticles were characterised by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and by UV/Vis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Recognition of the pyridinium moieties loaded on the AuNPs by the calix[4]arene units immobilised on the AgNPs was demonstrated in solution of weakly polar solvents by UV/Vis titrations and DLS measurements. The extent of Au-AgNPs aggregation, shown through the low-energy shift of their surface plasmon bands (SPB), was strongly dependent on the loading of the pyridinium moieties present in the organic layer of the AuNPs. Extensive aggregation between dodecanethiol-capped AuNPs and the Ag calix[4]arene-functionalised NPs was also promoted by the action of a simple N-octyl pyridinium difunctional supramolecular linker. This linker can interdigitate through its long fatty tail in the organic layer of the dodecanethiol-capped AuNPs, and simultaneously interact through its pyridinium moiety with the calix[4]arene units at the surface of the modified AgNPs.

  3. Pseudo-polymorphism in the toluene solvate of p-tert-butylcalix[5]arene: Structural and gas sorption investigations

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    Dalgarno, Scott; Thallapally, Praveen K.; Tian, Jian; Atwood, Jerry L.

    2008-12-16

    Crystallisation of the host molecule p-tert-butylcalix[5]arene from toluene affords three pseudo-polymorphs, two of which can be isolated on a large scale and used to form ‘frustrated’ organic solids that are capable of gas sorption. The structures of these three polymorphs are compared, as are the gas sorption capabilities of the two phases that can be isolated in bulk form

  4. Acid-Promoted Reaction of Trifluoromethylated Allyl Alcohols with Arenes. Stereoselective Synthesis of CF3-Alkenes and CF3-Indanes.

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    Kazakova, Anna N; Iakovenko, Roman O; Boyarskaya, Irina A; Nenajdenko, Valentine G; Vasilyev, Aleksander V

    2015-10-02

    Reaction of 4-aryl-1,1,1-trifluorobut-3-en-2-ols [CF3-allyl alcohols, ArCH═CHCH(OH)CF3] with arenes under activation with anhydrous FeCl3 or FSO3H was studied. We found that the transformation led to trifluoromethylated alkenes [Ar(Ar')CHCH═CHCF3] or 1-trifluoromethylated indanes (CF3-indanes). The formation of these two types of reaction products strongly depends on the nucleophilicity of the starting arene and the electrophilicity of cationic intermediates generated from CF3-allyl alcohols under reaction conditions. Benzene, anisole, veratrole, and ortho-xylene lead exclusively to CF3-alkenes with an E-configuration. More π-donating polymethylated arenes (pseudocumene, mesitylene) afford only CF3-indanes with a predominantly cis-orientation of substituents at positions 1 and 3 of the indane ring. Meta- and para-xylenes show an intermediate behavior; they may form both CF3-alkenes and/or CF3-indanes. The mechanisms of the investigated transformations are discussed.

  5. Photo-induced oxidant-free oxidative C-H/N-H cross-coupling between arenes and azoles

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    Niu, Linbin; Yi, Hong; Wang, Shengchun; Liu, Tianyi; Liu, Jiamei; Lei, Aiwen

    2017-02-01

    Direct cross-coupling between simple arenes and heterocyclic amines under mild conditions is undoubtedly important for C-N bonds construction. Selective C(sp2)-H amination is more valuable. Herein we show a selective C(sp2)-H amination of arenes (alkyl-substituted benzenes, biphenyl and anisole derivatives) accompanied by hydrogen evolution by using heterocyclic azoles as nitrogen sources. The reaction is selective for C(sp2)-H bonds, providing a mild route to N-arylazoles. The KIE (kinetic isotope effect) experiment reveals the cleavage of C-H bond is not involved in the rate-determining step. Kinetic studies indicate the first-order behaviour with respect to the arene component. It is interesting that this system works without the need for any sacrificial oxidant and is highly selective for C(sp2)-H activation, whereas C(sp3)-H bonds are unaffected. This study may have significant implications for the functionalization of methylarenes which are sensitive to oxidative conditions.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and intermolecular interactions in crystals of two p-tert-butylthiacalix[4]arene diisocyanide and diamine derivatives

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    Shi, Sheng-Jie; Lv, Xue-Xin; Zhao, Mei; Ma, Jian-Ping; Guo, Dian-Shun

    2017-01-01

    The synthesis, the spectral characterization and the crystal structure of 25,27-bis(2-isocyanoethoxy)-5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-26,28-dihydroxythiacalix[4]arene and of the reaction intermediate 25,27-bis(2-aminoethoxy)-5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-26,28-dihydroxythiacalix[4]arene are here described. The target diisonitrile compound crystallizes in the triclinic system with space group P-1 while the diamine intermediate is trigonal with space group R-3. In both structures, the thiacalix[4]arene units adopt a broadly similar pinched cone conformation, where two aromatic rings bearing an ethereal group are almost parallel while two phenolic rings lie near-vertically. In the supramolecular structure of both molecules, various intermolecular interactions involving Csbnd H⋯O, Csbnd H⋯C, Csbnd H⋯π and weak Csbnd H⋯S interactions were found. Moreover, the Hirshfeld surface analysis of the target compound was made to further confirm the crystal packing driving forces.

  7. Photo-induced oxidant-free oxidative C–H/N–H cross-coupling between arenes and azoles

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    Niu, Linbin; Yi, Hong; Wang, Shengchun; Liu, Tianyi; Liu, Jiamei; Lei, Aiwen

    2017-01-01

    Direct cross-coupling between simple arenes and heterocyclic amines under mild conditions is undoubtedly important for C–N bonds construction. Selective C(sp2)-H amination is more valuable. Herein we show a selective C(sp2)-H amination of arenes (alkyl-substituted benzenes, biphenyl and anisole derivatives) accompanied by hydrogen evolution by using heterocyclic azoles as nitrogen sources. The reaction is selective for C(sp2)-H bonds, providing a mild route to N-arylazoles. The KIE (kinetic isotope effect) experiment reveals the cleavage of C–H bond is not involved in the rate-determining step. Kinetic studies indicate the first-order behaviour with respect to the arene component. It is interesting that this system works without the need for any sacrificial oxidant and is highly selective for C(sp2)-H activation, whereas C(sp3)-H bonds are unaffected. This study may have significant implications for the functionalization of methylarenes which are sensitive to oxidative conditions. PMID:28145410

  8. Electropolymerization of a calix[4]arene modified by N-substituted pyrrole moieties. New sensitive layer for ionic electrochemical detection

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    Buffenoir, A.; Bidan, G.

    1998-06-01

    A calix[4]arene modified by grafting N-substituted pyrrole moieties at the upper rim was synthetised. Electropolymerisation of this new calix[4]arene in a Bu4NClO4 (10-1 M) - CH3CN solution is described. The obtained film presents a rather stable electroactivity to electrochemical cycling but its growing is limited to a few monolayers. It's the first example of homopolymerisation of a calix[4]arene modified by electropolymerisable monomers. Un calix[4]arène modifié sur sa couronne supérieure par des pyrroles N-substitués a été synthétisé. Son électropolymérisation en milieu Bu4NClO4 (10-1 M) - CH3CN par balayage de potentiels est décrite. Le film obtenu présente une électroactivité assez stable au cyclage électrochimique mais sa croissance est limitée à quelques monocouches. C'est le premier exemple d'homopolymérisation d'un calix[4]arène modifié par des monomères électropolymérisables.

  9. Calix[6]arene bypasses human pancreatic cancer aggressiveness: downregulation of receptor tyrosine kinases and induction of cell death by reticulum stress and autophagy.

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    Pelizzaro-Rocha, Karin Juliane; de Jesus, Marcelo Bispo; Ruela-de-Sousa, Roberta Regina; Nakamura, Celso Vataru; Reis, Fabiano Souza; de Fátima, Angelo; Ferreira-Halder, Carmen Veríssima

    2013-12-01

    Pancreatic cancer ranks fourth among cancer-related causes of death in North America. Minimal progress has been made in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with late-stage tumors. Moreover, pancreatic cancer aggressiveness is closely related to high levels of pro-survival mediators, which can ultimately lead to rapid disease progression, resistance and metastasis. The main goal of this study was to define the mechanisms by which calix[6]arene, but not other calixarenes, efficiently decreases the aggressiveness of a drug resistant human pancreas carcinoma cell line (Panc-1). Calix[6]arene was more potent in reducing Panc-1 cell viability than gemcitabine and 5-fluorouracil. In relation to the underlying mechanisms of cytotoxic effects, it led to cell cycle arrest in the G0/G1 phase through downregulation of PIM1, CDK2, CDK4 and retinoblastoma proteins. Importantly, calix[6]arene abolished signal transduction of Mer and AXL tyrosine kinase receptors, both of which are usually overexpressed in pancreatic cancer. Accordingly, inhibition of PI3K and mTOR was also observed, and these proteins are positively modulated by Mer and AXL. Despite decreasing the phosphorylation of AKT at Thr308, calix[6]arene caused an increase in phosphorylation at Ser473. These findings in conjunction with increased BiP and IRE1-α provide a molecular basis explaining the capacity of calix[6]arene to trigger endoplasmic reticulum stress and autophagic cell death. Our findings highlight calix[6]arene as a potential candidate for overcoming pancreatic cancer aggressiveness. Importantly, we provide evidence that calix[6]arene affects a broad array of key targets that are usually dysfunctional in pancreatic cancer, a highly desirable characteristic for chemotherapeutics.

  10. Proparacaine complexation with beta-cyclodextrin and p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene, as evaluated by varied (1)H-NMR approaches.

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    Arantes, Lucas Micquéias; Scarelli, Camilla; Marsaioli, Anita Jocelyne; de Paula, Eneida; Fernandes, Sergio Antonio

    2009-09-01

    This study focused on the use of NMR techniques as a tool for the investigation of complex formation between proparacaine and cyclodextrins (CDs) or p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene. The pH dependence of the complexation of proparacaine with beta-CD and p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene was studied and binding constants were determined by (1)H NMR spectroscopy [diffusion-ordered spectroscopy (DOSY)] for the charged and uncharged forms of the local anesthetic in beta-CD and p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene. The stoichiometries of the complexes was determined and rotating frame Overhauser enhancement spectroscopy (ROESY) 1D experiments revealed details of the molecular insertion of proparacaine into the beta-CD and p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene cavities. The results unambiguously demonstrate that pH is an important factor for the development of supramolecular architectures based on beta-CD and p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene as the host molecules. Such host-guest complexes were investigated in view of their potential use as new therapeutic formulations, designed to increase the bioavailability and/or to decrease the systemic toxicity of proparacaine in anesthesia procedures.

  11. Synthesis, Physicochemical Studies, Molecular Dynamics Simulations, and Metal-Ion-Dependent Antiproliferative and Antiangiogenic Properties of Cone ICL670-Substituted Calix[4]arenes

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    Rouge, Pascal; Dassonville-Klimpt, Alexandra; Cézard, Christine; Boudesocque, Stéphanie; Ourouda, Roger; Amant, Carole; Gaboriau, François; Forfar, Isabelle; Guillon, Jean; Guillon, Emmanuel; Vanquelef, Enguerran; Cieplak, Piotr; Dupradeau, François-Yves; Dupont, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Iron chelators, through their capacity to modulate the iron concentration in cells, are promising molecules for cancer chemotherapy. Chelators with high lipophilicity easily enter into cells and deplete the iron intracellular pool. Consequently, iron-dependent enzymes, such as ribonucleotide reductase, which is over-expressed in cancer cells, become nonfunctional. A series of calix[4]arene derivatives substituted at the lower rim by ICL670, a strong FeIII chelator, have been synthesized. Physicochemical properties and antiproliferative, angiogenesis, and tumorigenesis effects of two calix[4]arenes mono- (5a) or disubstituted (5b) with ICL670 have been studied. These compounds form metal complexes in a ratio of one to two ligands per FeIII atom as shown by combined analyses of the protometric titration curves and ESIMS spectra. The grafting of an ICL670 group on a calix[4]arene core does not significantly alter the acid–base properties, but improves the iron-chelating and lipophilicity properties. The best antiproliferative and anti-angiogenic results were obtained with calix[4]arene ligand 5a, which possesses the highest corresponding properties. Analyses of molecular dynamics simulations performed on the two calix[4]arenes provide three-dimensional structures of the complexes and proved 5a to be the most stable upon complexation. PMID:25599014

  12. Dye-sensitized solar cells with improved performance using cone-calix[4]arene based dyes.

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    Tan, Li-Lin; Liu, Jun-Min; Li, Shao-Yong; Xiao, Li-Min; Kuang, Dai-Bin; Su, Cheng-Yong

    2015-01-01

    Three cone-calix[4]arene-based sensitizers (Calix-1-Calix-3) with multiple donor-π-acceptor (D-π-A) moieties are designed, synthesized, and applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Their photophysical and electrochemical properties are characterized by measuring UV/Vis absorption and emission spectra, cyclic voltammetry, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Calix-3 has excellent thermo- and photostability, as illustrated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and dye-aging tests, respectively. Importantly, a DSSC using the Calix-3 dye displays a conversion efficiency of 5.48 % in under standard AM 1.5 Global solar illumination conditions, much better than corresponding DSSCs that use the rod-shaped dye M-3 with a single D-π-A chain (3.56 %). The dyes offer advantages in terms of higher molar extinction coefficients, longer electron lifetimes, better stability, and stronger binding ability to TiO2 film. This is the first example of calixarene-based sensitizers for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

  13. Mirror-image organometallic osmium arene iminopyridine halido complexes exhibit similar potent anticancer activity.

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    Fu, Ying; Soni, Rina; Romero, María J; Pizarro, Ana M; Salassa, Luca; Clarkson, Guy J; Hearn, Jessica M; Habtemariam, Abraha; Wills, Martin; Sadler, Peter J

    2013-11-04

    Four chiral Os(II) arene anticancer complexes have been isolated by fractional crystallization. The two iodido complexes, (S(Os),S(C))-[Os(η(6)-p-cym)(ImpyMe)I]PF6 (complex 2, (S)-ImpyMe: N-(2-pyridylmethylene)-(S)-1-phenylethylamine) and (R(Os),R(C))-[Os(η(6)-p-cym)(ImpyMe)I]PF6 (complex 4, (R)-ImpyMe: N-(2-pyridylmethylene)-(R)-1-phenylethylamine), showed higher anticancer activity (lower IC50 values) towards A2780 human ovarian cancer cells than cisplatin and were more active than the two chlorido derivatives, (S(Os),S(C))-[Os(η(6)-p-cym)(ImpyMe)Cl]PF6, 1, and (R(Os),R(C))-[Os(η(6)-p-cym)(ImpyMe)Cl]PF6, 3. The two iodido complexes were evaluated in the National Cancer Institute 60-cell-line screen, by using the COMPARE algorithm. This showed that the two potent iodido complexes, 2 (NSC: D-758116/1) and 4 (NSC: D-758118/1), share surprisingly similar cancer cell selectivity patterns with the anti-microtubule drug, vinblastine sulfate. However, no direct effect on tubulin polymerization was found for 2 and 4, an observation that appears to indicate a novel mechanism of action. In addition, complexes 2 and 4 demonstrated potential as transfer-hydrogenation catalysts for imine reduction.

  14. Evaluation of Factors Affecting Cesium Extraction Performance by Calix[4]Arene Derivatives

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    Rumppe, J.L.; Delmau, L.

    2004-01-01

    Novel aza-crown derivatives of dioctyloxy-calix[4]arene crown-6 were examined for their cesium extraction performance at different pH levels. These studies are of interest in addressing high-level waste tank remediation and the removal of 137Cs, a major contributor to heat and radiation generation. Preliminary studies were done to assess the performance of these calixarene compounds under varying conditions. Results showed an increase of cesium extraction with pH as well as expected trends in diluent effects and anion selectivity. Poor extraction performance of some aza-crown derivatives raised questions regarding the possibility of intramolecular hydrogen-bonding. A novel methylated derivative was used to address these questions. Additional experiments were conducted to determine the extraction effect on pH. Results indicate an increase in cesium extraction with pH, as shown in preliminary studies. Mono-aza derivatives were shown to exhibit better cesium extraction performance than their di-aza counterparts. The methylated derivative showed poorer extraction performance than the non-methylated derivative, indicating that completely removing the possibility of intramolecular hydrogen-bonding has negative effects on extraction performance. This suggests that the hydrogen-bonding facilitates anion co-extraction, which would lead to better overall extraction. Mono-aza derivatives were shown to cause unexpected changes in pH. This could possibly be attributed to protonation of the calix crown.

  15. P-Sulfocalix[6]arene as Nanocarrier for Controlled Delivery of Doxorubicin.

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    Ostos, Francisco J; Lebrón, José A; Moyá, Maria L; López-López, Manuel; Sánchez, Antonio; Clavero, Amparo; García-Calderón, Clara B; Rosado, Iván V; López-Cornejo, Pilar

    2017-03-16

    Given the high toxicity of the anthracycline antibiotic doxorubicin (DOX), it is relevant to search for nanocarriers that decrease the side effects of the drug and are able to transport it towards a therapeutic target Here, the encapsulation of DOX by p-sulfocalix[6]arene (calix) has been studied. The interaction of DOX with the macrocycle, as well as with DNA, has been investigated and the equilibrium constant for each binding process estimated. The results showed that the binding constant of DOX to DNA, KDNA , is three orders of magnitude higher than that to calix, Kcalix . The ability of calixarenes to encapsulate DOX molecules, as well as the capability of the DOX molecules included into the inner cavity of the macrocycle to bind with DNA have been examined. Cytotoxicity measurements were done in different cancer and normal cell lines to probe the decrease in the toxicity of the encapsulated DOX. The low toxicity of calixarenes has also been demonstrated for different cell lines.

  16. Calix[4]arene based chemosensor for selective complexation of Cd(II) and Cu(II)

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    Qazi, Mansoor Ahmed; Qureshi, Imdadullah; Memon, Shahabuddin

    2010-06-01

    The present article describes synthesis, characterization and a detailed complexation study of calix[4]arene based chemosensor ( 4) bearing two anthracenyl units as signaling groups on its coordination sphere. The complex formation ability of 4 toward selected transition metals such as Cd(II), Co(II), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Pb(II) has been investigated by UV-visible spectroscopy. Assessment of results reveal that the chemosensor is selective toward Cd(II) and Cu(II). The FT-IR spectroscopic method was applied for further confirmation of the complexation phenomenon. Besides this, a study regarding interference of other metals on complex formation in solution has also supported the efficient binding preference of 4 for Cd(II) and Cu(II). From the results it has been concluded that 4 has compatible coordination sphere to accommodate these metals. The similarities and differences revealed that being soft nature of both metals and because of diagonal relationship in the periodic table their coordination behavior toward N/O-donor ligand may be treated as a test on possibility of the Cu(II) ions to be displaced by Cd(II). The study certainly will help in understanding the hazards of Cd(II) in biological systems.

  17. Supramolecular gels with high strength by tuning of calix[4]arene-derived networks

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    Lee, Ji Ha; Park, Jaehyeon; Park, Jin-Woo; Ahn, Hyo-Jun; Jaworski, Justyn; Jung, Jong Hwa

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular gels comprised of low-molecular-weight gelators are generally regarded as mechanically weak and unable to support formation of free-standing structures, hence, their practical use with applied loads has been limited. Here, we reveal a technique for in situ generation of high tensile strength supramolecular hydrogels derived from low-molecular-weight gelators. By controlling the concentration of hydrochloric acid during hydrazone formation between calix-[4]arene-based gelator precursors, we tune the mechanical and ductile properties of the resulting gel. Organogels formed without hydrochloric acid exhibit impressive tensile strengths, higher than 40 MPa, which is the strongest among self-assembled gels. Hydrogels, prepared by solvent exchange of organogels in water, show 7,000- to 10,000-fold enhanced mechanical properties because of further hydrazone formation. This method of molding also allows the gels to retain shape after processing, and furthermore, we find organogels when prepared as gel electrolytes for lithium battery applications to have good ionic conductivity. PMID:25799459

  18. Highly selective and sensitive fluorescent sensor: Thiacalix[4]arene-1-naphthalene carboxylate for Zn2+ ions

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    Darjee, Savan M.; Modi, Krunal M.; Panchal, Urvi; Patel, Chirag; Jain, Vinod K.

    2017-04-01

    Thiacalix[4]arene based fluorescent sensor bearing two naphthoyl groups, thiacalix-1-naphthalene carboxylate (TCNC) has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, FTIR, ESI-MS spectroscopic techniques. The interaction behavior of TCNC with various metal ions like Fe3+, Hg2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, Mg2+, K+, Na+, and Zn2+ was studied by UV-visible and emission spectrophotometry. It was observed that TCNC recognizes Zn2+ ions with high selectivity and sensitivity. The enhancement of fluorescence intensity due to presence of Zn2+ ions was not perturbed in the presence of high concentration of other associated metal ions. The 1:1 stoichiometry of TCNC:Zn2+ complex was confirmed by job's plot, ESI-MS study and 1H NMR titration. The binding constant and quantum yield were also calculated by using spectrofluorimetric titration data. Linear detection range of zinc ions was found to be 1 nM-740 nM. Furthermore, molecular docking study was performed to evaluate the binding affinity and possible interactions between TCNC and Zn2+ depicting that TCNC interact with Zn2+ via weak intramolecular forces. In addition to that molecular dynamics has also been performed to evaluate the conformational changes and it's structural stability in the particular environment.

  19. Azo calix[4]arene based neodymium(III)-selective PVC membrane sensor.

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    Menon, Shobhana K; Modi, Nishith R; Patel, Bhargav; Patel, Manishkumar B

    2011-02-15

    We found that the PVC membrane, containing azo calix[4]arene is a suitable ionophore, exhibited a Nernstian response for neodymium (Nd(3+)) ions (with slope of 19.8±0.2 mV decade(-1) for the triply charged ion) over a wide linear range of 4.0×10(-8) to 1.0×10(-1) mol L(-1) with a detection limit 1.0×10(-8) mol L(-1), a relatively fast response time, in the whole concentration range (<10 s), and a considerable life time at least for four months in the pH range of 4.0-8.0. Furthermore, the electrode revealed high selectivity with respect to all the common alkali, alkaline earth, transition and heavy metal ions, including the members of the lanthanide family other than Nd(3+). Concerning its applications, it was effectively employed for the determination of neodymium ions in industrial waste water as well as in lake water.

  20. Biosensor for dopamine based on stabilized lipid films with incorporated resorcin[4]arene receptor.

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    Nikolelis, Dimitrios P; Theoharis, George

    2003-04-01

    This work reports a technique for the stabilization after storage in air of a lipid film with incorporated resorcin[4]arene receptor based biosensor for dopamine. Microporous filters composed of glass fibers (nominal pore sizes, 0.7 and 1.0 microm) were used as supports for the formation and stabilization of these devices and the lipid film is formed on the filter by polymerization prior its use. Methacrylic acid was the functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate was the crosslinker and 2,2'-azobis-(2-methylpropionitrile) was the initiator. The stability of the lipid films by incorporation of a receptor for the preparation of stabilized lipid film biosensor is studied throughout this work. The response towards dopamine of the present stabilized for repetitive uses lipid membrane biosensor composed of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine and dipalmitoyl phosphatidic acid was compared with planar freely suspended bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs). The stabilized lipid membranes provided similar artificial ion gating events as BLMs in the form of transient signals and can function for repetitive uses after storage in air. However, the response of the stabilized lipid films was slower than that of the freely suspended BLMs. This will allow the practical use of the techniques for chemical sensing based on lipid films and commercialization of these devices, because it is now possible to prepare stabilized lipid film based biosensors and store them in the air.

  1. Styrene Purification by Guest-Induced Restructuring of Pillar[6]arene

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    2017-01-01

    The separation of styrene (St) and ethylbenzene (EB) mixtures is important in the chemical industry. Here, we explore the St and EB adsorption selectivity of two pillar-shaped macrocyclic pillar[n]arenes (EtP5 and EtP6; n = 5 and 6). Both crystalline and amorphous EtP6 can capture St from a St-EB mixture with remarkably high selectivity. We show that EtP6 can be used to separate St from a 50:50 v/v St:EB mixture, yielding in a single adsorption cycle St with a purity of >99%. Single-crystal structures, powder X-ray diffraction patterns, and molecular simulations all suggest that this selectivity is due to a guest-induced structural change in EtP6 rather than a simple cavity/pore size effect. This restructuring means that the material “self-heals” upon each recrystallization, and St separation can be carried out over multiple cycles with no loss of performance. PMID:28182420

  2. Synthesis and anticancer activity of carbosilane metallodendrimers based on arene ruthenium(ii) complexes.

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    Maroto-Díaz, Marta; Elie, Benelita T; Gómez-Sal, Pilar; Pérez-Serrano, Jorge; Gómez, Rafael; Contel, María; Javier de la Mata, F

    2016-04-28

    A series of new organometallic carbosilane dendrimers (first and second generation) and the corresponding non-dendritic mononuclear based on ruthenium arene fragments are described. The metallodendrimers were prepared by reactions of the precursor [Ru(η(6)-p-cymene)Cl2]2 with carbosilane dendrimers functionalized with N-donor monodentate ligands such as NH2- and pyridine, or with N,O-, N,N-chelating imine ligands. While the dendrimer precursors are insoluble in DMSO or water, novel metallodendrimers are soluble in DMSO and some of them are even highly soluble in water. The molecular structure of the "Ru-NH2" mononuclear compound (zero generation) was determined by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. The cytotoxicity activity of these dendritic structures was evaluated in several human cancer cell lines and compared with that of the corresponding mononuclear ruthenium complexes. Most compounds display significant cytotoxic activities in the low micromolar range with the first generation ruthenium dendrimers being the most active compounds. The cell death type for selected compounds has been studied as well as their reactivity towards relevant biomolecules such as DNA, Human Serum Albumin (HSA) and Cathepsin-B. All the data point to a mode of action different from that of cisplatin for most complexes. First generation ruthenium dendrimers inhibit Cathepsin-B, which may suggest potential antimetastatic properties of these compounds.

  3. Fabrication of calix[4]arene derivative monolayers to control orientation of antibody immobilization.

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    Chen, Hongxia; Liu, Feng; Qi, Fangjie; Koh, Kwangnak; Wang, Keming

    2014-03-31

    Three calix[4]arene (Cal-4) derivatives which separately contain ethylester (1), carboxylic acid (2), and crownether (3) at the lower rim with a common reactive thiol at the upper rim were synthesized and constructed to self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au films. After spectroscopic characterization of the monolayers, surface coverage and orientation of antibody immobilized on the Cal-4 derivative SAMs were studied by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique. Experimental results revealed that the antibody could be immobilized on the Cal-4 derivatives spontaneously. The orientation of absorbed antibody on the Cal-4 derivative SAMs is related to the SAM's dipole moment. The possible orientations of the antibody immobilized on the Cal-4 derivative 1 SAM are lying-on or side-on, while on the Cal-4 derivative 2 and Cal-4 derivative 3 head-on and end-on respectively. These experimental results demonstrate the surface dipole moment of Cal-4 derivative appears to be an important factor to antibody orientation. Cal-4 derivatives are useful in developing site direct protein chips.

  4. New oxo-bridged calix[2]arene[2]triazine stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Hu, Kai; Wang, Caijuan; Liang, Song; Niu, Bailin; He, Lijun; Lu, Kui; Ye, Baoxian; Zhang, Shusheng

    2012-02-03

    A new oxo-bridged calix[2]arene[2]triazine bonded stationary phase (OCATS) for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was prepared using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as coupling reagent. The structure of new material was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. The chromatographic performance and retention mechanism of the new stationary phase were evaluated in reversed-phase mode compared with ODS using different solute probes including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), mono-substituted benzenes, disubstituted benzene isomers. The new OCATS stationary phase could provide various interactions for different solutes, such as hydrophobic, hydrogen bonding, ππ and inclusion interactions. The synergistic effects resulting from aromatic rings, bridging oxygen atoms and triazine nitrogen atoms and alkyl linkers in the new material improved the separation selectivity by multiple retention mechanisms. The retention behaviors of the analytes on OCATS column were explained with the assistance of quantum chemistry calculation results using DFT-B3LYP/STO-3G* base group. The OCATS column was successfully employed for the analysis of melamine in infant formula.

  5. Direct C-H arene homocoupling over gold nanoparticles supported on metal oxides.

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    Ishida, Tamao; Aikawa, Shohei; Mise, Yoshiyuki; Akebi, Ryota; Hamasaki, Akiyuki; Honma, Tetsuo; Ohashi, Hironori; Tsuji, Tetsuro; Yamamoto, Yasushi; Miyasaka, Mitsuru; Yokoyama, Takushi; Tokunaga, Makoto

    2015-02-01

    The direct CH/CH bond coupling of dimethyl phthalate was performed successfully over supported gold nanoparticle catalysts. Gold on reducible metal oxides, such as Co3 O4 , and on inert oxides that have an oxygen-releasing capacity, such as ZrO2 , showed the highest catalytic activity for the production of biphenyl tetracarboxylate using O2 as the sole oxidant. Supported Pd(OH)2 also catalyzed the reaction, but the catalytic activity was inferior to that of gold. Moreover, the gold catalysts exhibited excellent regioselectivity for the synthesis of valuable 3,3',4,4'-tetrasubstituted biphenyls by coupling with each other at the 4-position without the need for additional ligands. Gold catalysts also promoted the oxidative homocoupling of arenes including o-xylene to give symmetrical biaryls with high regioselectivity. X-ray absorption fine structure measurements revealed that the catalytically active species was Au(0) and that the lattice oxygen of Co3 O4 played an important role in the gold-catalyzed oxidative coupling. The results of the kinetic studies were consistent with an electrophilic aromatic substitution pathway. Regioselectivity is not controlled by directing groups or the electronic character of the substituents but by steric hindrance, which suggests that gold nanoparticles not only catalyze the oxidative coupling but also act as bulky ligands to control the regioselectivity.

  6. Impedimetric Sensing Proprieties of ITO Electrodes Functionalized with PEDOT:PSS/Azo-Calix[4]Arene for the Detection of Al3+ Ions Under Light Excitation

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    Echabaane, M.; Rouis, A.; Mahjoub, M. A.; Bonnamour, I.; Ben Ouada, H.

    2017-01-01

    This study describes an investigation of the sensitivity of the azo-calix[4]arene/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly-(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin film deposited on the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode surface toward aluminum ions (Al3+) under light excitation. Thin films were deposited by the spin-coating technique. Adhesion of these films to the ITO surface was highlighted by performing contact angle measurements. Then, interfaces of the azo-calix[4]arene/PEDOT:PSS thin film were characterized by impedance measurements using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Obtained impedance spectra were fitted using an equivalent circuit. Finally, evolutions of the different components of this circuit were studied. These evolutions show that the sensitivity of the azo-calix[4]arene/PEDOT:PSS/ITO electrode is remarkably improved under illumination.

  7. Shaping the cavity of the macrocyclic ligand in metallocalix[4]arenes: the role of the ligand sphere.

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    Radius, U

    2001-12-17

    The coordination form of calix[4]arene ligands and therefore the cavity of the macrocyclic ligand can be controlled by other ligands in transition metal calix[4]arene complexes, if strong directing coligands such as oxo groups are used. This paper describes the synthesis and characterization of the d(0) transition metal complexes [Cax(OMe)(2)O(2)TiCl(2)] 1 (monoclinic, space group P2(1)/c, lattice constants a = 21.639(4), b = 20.152(3), c = 12.750(3) A, beta = 95.68(3), V = 5532.6(19) A(3)) and [Cax(OMe)(2)O(2)MoO(2)] 2 (monoclinic, space group P2/c, lattice constants a = 12.433(3), b = 16.348(3), c = 24.774(5) A, beta = 99.15(3), V = 4971.6(17) A(3)). Whereas in 1 the calix[4]arene ligand adopts an elliptically distorted cone conformation, the macrocyclic ligand binds in a paco-like conformation to the metal center of 2, in the solid state and in solution. This was predicted by density functional theory calculations on models of different isomers of 1 and 2: cis,cone-1',2', trans,cone-1',2', and cis,paco-1',2'. According to these calculations, the energetic difference of 72.9 kJ/mol between both cis-dioxomolybdenum compounds is quite pronounced in favor of the cis,paco isomer, and 28.0 kJ/mol for the titanium compounds in favor of the cis,cone isomer.

  8. [The Thiacalix [4] arene-Coumarin Fluorescence Probe Recognition for Fe³⁺ and Bovine Hemoglobin].

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    Li, Yan-qin; Mu, Lan; Zeng, Xi; Li, Jun; Yamato, Takehiko

    2015-11-01

    1,3-alternate coumarin substituted thiacalix[4]arene fluorescent probe 1 was synthesised from 1,3-alternate diethyl thiacalix[4]arene and 7-hydroxycoumarin by-step reactions. In DMSO/H₂O (φ, 3/7, pH 7) solution, the strong fluorescence emission and UV absorption of probe 1 can be selectively quenched or significantly enhanced by Fe³⁺ ion. The probe 1 showed high Fe³⁺ selective fluorescence quenching or absorption enhancement over commonly coexistent metal ions in neutral aqueous media, and the limit of detections were obtained as low as 10⁻⁸ mol · L⁻¹ of Fe³⁺ by fluorescence and absorption spectrometry. Spectral titration, isothermal titration calorimetry and mass spectrometry were showed that probe and Fe³⁺ form 1:1 complexes, the constant up to 10⁵ L · mol⁻¹ and coordinate process was spontaneous by the mole binding free energy and entropy of probe with Fe³⁺. In addition, the probe can identification bovine hemoglobin (BHb) over other proteins through quenched its fluorescence in DMSO/H₂O (φ, 1/9, Tris-HCl, pH 7, 0.1 mol · L⁻¹ NaCl) media. The limit of detection was obtained as 0. 12 µg · mL⁻¹ of BHb, as well as a linearity of 0.2-3.0 µg · mL⁻¹, indicating the probe of high sensitivity and quantitation range. It can be used as a selective recognition Fe³⁺ and BHb of thiacalix[4] arene fluorescent probe.

  9. Ru(η6-arene) complexes of combretastatin-analogous oxazoles with enhanced anti-tumoral impact.

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    Biersack, Bernhard; Effenberger, Katharina; Knauer, Sebastian; Ocker, Matthias; Schobert, Rainer

    2010-11-01

    Oxazole-bridged combretastatin A-4 analogues bind to tubulin and exert anti-vascular and anti-angiogenic effects. When linked to Ru(η(6)-arene) complex fragments, conjugates with additional cytotoxic activity result which can ruthenate bionucleophiles such as DNA and proteins. For instance, the Ru(II)(p-cymene)(isonicotinate)Cl(2) complex 6a of the known 4-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)-5-(3-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)-oxazole 4a was far more active than the latter against cells of the p53-competent wild-type form of HCT-116 colon carcinoma at low 0.01 μM concentrations. A fast reaction of 6a with nucleophilic N-acetyl-L-cysteine was observed in NMR studies. The Ru(arene) complexes 6a-c were also more efficacious against combretastatin-refractory p53(+) cells of human HT-29 colon carcinoma when compared to their parent 4-(3,4-dimethoxy-5-methoxy/halo-phenyl)-5-(3-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)-oxazoles 4a-c. These cells are rich in ABC-transporters which are responsible for their multi-drug resistance and for which conjugates 6 are less good substrates than the phenols 4. Unlike 4a, its complex 6a also diminished the motility of human 518A2 melanoma cells in a wound-healing assay which is indicative of anti-metastatic activity in solid tumors. Overall, the Ru(arene) complex conjugates 6 broaden the anti-tumoral spectrum of the combretastatin A-4 analogues 4 considerably.

  10. Iron-catalyzed oxidative coupling of alkylamides with arenes through oxidation of alkylamides followed by Friedel-Crafts alkylation.

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    Shirakawa, Eiji; Uchiyama, Nanase; Hayashi, Tamio

    2011-01-07

    FeCl(3) in combination with t-BuOOt-Bu as an oxidant was found to be an efficient catalyst for oxidation of alkylamides to α-(tert-butoxy)alkylamides. FeCl(2) and CuCl showed, respectively, almost the same and slightly lower activities compared with FeCl(3) in the tert-butoxylation of N-phenylpyrrolidone (1a), whereas no tert-butoxylated product was obtained by use of Fe(OTf)(3), RuCl(3), or Zr(OTf)(4). FeCl(3) was found to be effective also as a catalyst for the Friedel-Crafts alkylation with thus obtained α-(tert-butoxy)alkylamides. The Friedel-Crafts alkylation proceeded smoothly also in the presence of a catalytic amount of Fe(OTf)(3), RuCl(3), or Zr(OTf)(4). In contrast, FeCl(2) and CuCl, which showed certain activity toward the tert-butoxylation, failed to promote the Friedel-Crafts alkylation. Among the transition metal complexes thus far examined, only FeCl(3) showed high catalytic activities for both the oxidation and the Friedel-Crafts alkylation. The bifunctionality of FeCl(3) was utilized for the oxidative coupling of alkylamides with arenes through a tandem reaction consisting of oxidation of alkylamides to α-(tert-butoxy)alkylamides and the following Friedel-Crafts alkylation. The FeCl(3)-catalyzed oxidative coupling is applicable to a wide variety of alkylamides and arenes, though a combination of FeCl(3) with Fe(OTf)(3) was found to be effective for the reaction of arenes with low nucleophilicity. A Fe(II)-Fe(III) catalytic cycle is concerned with the tert-butoxylation, whereas a Fe(III) complex as a Lewis acid catalyzes the Friedel-Crafts alkylation.

  11. p-Sulfonic Acid Calix[4]arene as an Efficient Catalyst for One-Pot Synthesis of Pharmaceutically Significant Coumarin Derivatives under Solvent-Free Condition

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    Tashakkorian, Hamed; Lakouraj, Moslem Mansour; Rouhi, Mona

    2015-01-01

    One-pot and efficient protocol for preparation of some potent pharmaceutically valuable coumarin derivatives under solvent-free condition via direct coupling using biologically nontoxic organocatalyst, calix[4]arene tetrasulfonic acid (CSA), was introduced. Calix[4]arene sulfonic acid has been incorporated lately as a magnificent and recyclable organocatalyst for the synthesis of some organic compounds. Nontoxicity, solvent-free conditions, good-to-excellent yields for pharmaceutically significant structures, and especially ease of catalyst recovery make this procedure valuable and environmentally benign. PMID:26798517

  12. DFT/TDDFT investigation on the chemical reactivities, aromatic properties, and UV-Vis absorption spectra of 1-butoxy-4-methoxybenzenepillar[5]arene constitutional isomers.

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    Zhang, Jian; Ren, Shuqing

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the chemical reactivities, aromatic properties, and UV-Vis absorption spectra of four constitutional isomers of 1-butoxy-4-methoxybenzenepillar[5]arene with the DFT and TDDFT methods. These characteristics in the gas and solvent phases are discussed on the basis of electronic energy, the highest occupied molecular orbital energy, electrophilicity, global hardness, chemical potential, and nucleus-independent chemical shift. The out-of-plane component of the NICS values reveals that there is a great contrast between aromatic rings of the isomer and benzene. The most intense wavelengths of BMpillar[5]arenes are all made up of delocalized-delocalized π → π* transition.

  13. Structure of a piperidine-modified calix[4]arene derivative and spectral resolution of its interaction with rare earth metals with chemometric methods.

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Xiaoya; Wang, Yanmei

    2013-03-15

    A piperidine-modified calix[4]arene derivative was synthesized and its structure was confirmed with X-ray diffraction data. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to study its molecular recognition of rare earth ions. The results revealed the calix[4]arene derivative could separate tight metal picrate ion pairs by complexation with the rare earth metal ions in tetrahydrofuran. Resolution of the UV-visible spectra with chemometric methods revealed that the derivative and the rare earth ions Eu(3+), Dy(3+), and Tb(3+) formed ML(2) complexes with stability constants of 10(8.26), 10(8.29), and 10(7.41) respectively.

  14. A surprising substituent effect provides a superior boronic acid catalyst for mild and metal-free direct Friedel-Crafts alkylations and prenylations of neutral arenes.

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    Ricardo, Carolynne L; Mo, Xiaobin; McCubbin, J Adam; Hall, Dennis G

    2015-03-09

    The development of more general and efficient catalytic processes for Friedel-Crafts alkylations is an important objective of interest toward the production of pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals. Herein, 2,3,4,5-tetrafluorophenylboronic acid was identified as a potent air- and moisture-tolerant metal-free catalyst that significantly improves the scope of direct Friedel-Crafts alkylations of a variety of slightly activated and neutral arenes, including polyarenes, with allylic and benzylic alcohols. This method also provides a simple alternative for the direct installation of prenyl units commonly found in naturally occurring arenes. Alkylations with benzylic alcohols occur under exceptionally mild conditions.

  15. A sugar-functionalized amphiphilic pillar[5]arene: synthesis, self-assembly in water, and application in bacterial cell agglutination.

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    Yu, Guocan; Ma, Yingjie; Han, Chengyou; Yao, Yong; Tang, Guping; Mao, Zhengwei; Gao, Changyou; Huang, Feihe

    2013-07-17

    A novel sugar-functionalized amphiphilic pillar[5]arene containing galactose groups as the hydrophlic part and alkyl chains as the hydrophobic part was designed and synthesized. It self-assembles in water to produce nanotubes as confirmed by TEM, SEM, and fluorescence microscopy. These nanotubes, showing low toxicity to both cancer and normal cells, can be utilized as excellent cell glues to agglutinate E. coli. The existence of galactoses on these nanotubes provides multivalent ligands that have high affinity for carbohydrate receptors on E. coli.

  16. Theoretical investigation on the molecular inclusion process of prilocaine into p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene

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    de Sousa, Sara M. R.; Fernandes, Sergio A.; De Almeida, Wagner B.; Guimarães, Luciana; Abranches, Paula A. S.; Varejão, Eduardo V. V.; Nascimento, Clebio S., Jr.

    2016-02-01

    The present letter reports, for the first time, results from a theoretical analysis of the inclusion process involving the prilocaine into the p-sulfonic acid calix[6]arene. Structure and stabilization energies were calculated, in both gas and aqueous phases, using a sequential methodology based on semiempirical and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. From the results, a qualitative structure property relationship could be established with some main structural features being relevant for inclusion complex stabilization: (i) the hydrogen bonds established between guest and host molecules, (ii) the dispersion effect and (iii) the inclusion mode of guest molecule into the host cavity.

  17. In situ Formation and Electron-Spectroscopic Study of Bis(arene) V and Cr Compounds ona Graphite Surface

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    2013-03-07

    free molecule. Electron transfer to the substrate was indicated by the decrease in the sample work function (/S), due to the formation of a dipole... layer or for the free molecule (Fig. 1). Hole doping is considered unlikely for the present systems. A calculation for the [CrBz2] anion (not shown...due to the clustering22,23 of unreacted TM atoms. IV. CONCLUSIONS In summary, thin bis(arene)TM layers on HOPG have been formed in situ in an UHV

  18. Plagioclase and pyroxene hosted melt inclusions in basaltic andesites of the current eruption of Arenal volcano, Costa Rica

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    Streck, Martin J.; Wacaster, Sue

    2006-09-01

    In this study, we investigated melt inclusions hosted in pyroxene and plagioclase to find direct evidence for the composition of melt components in the pre-eruptive magmas of the current eruption of Arenal volcano and to further shed light on the petrogenetic history of remarkably uniform basaltic andesitic bulk compositions. Composition of melt inclusions ranges widely regardless of whether an inclusion is hosted by plagioclase or by pyroxene and whether crystals with inclusions came from tephra samples or from slower emplaced lava flows. However, inclusions from each type of host mineral have distinct evolutionary trends most consistent with being mainly introduced by post-emplacement crystallization of the enclosing host, which is also supported by the composition of groundmass glasses. At the least-modified compositions, plagioclase and pyroxene inclusion trends overlap allowing for identification of melt compositions entrapped by both phases and, thus, strongly suggesting that these melt compositions existed in the reservoir prior to entrapment. Most of these are "dacitic" (61 to 64 wt.% SiO 2) and strongly match phenocryst-poor dacitic magmas of earlier eruptive phases of Arenal [Borgia, A., Poore, C., Carr, M.J., Melson, W.G., Alvarado, G.E., 1988. Structural, stratigraphic, and petrologic aspects of the Arenal-Chato volcanic system, Costa Rica: evolution of a young stratovolcanic complex. Bull Volcanol, 50, 86-105], suggesting earlier dacitic magmas may have been generated by melt-extraction processes. Correction for host crystallization of some inclusions also suggests that melt components as mafic as ˜ 53 wt.% may have been entrapped. All melt components inferred to have existed in the magmatic reservoirs prior to entrapment have low Mg# (38-45) yielding evidence for liquid compositions required for crystallizing the bulk of observed pyroxene and likely also olivine. Water rich (> 5 wt.%, by difference) and probably undegassed (S = 400-1600 ppm, Cl =

  19. Hierarchical assembly of extended coordination networks constructed by novel metallacalix[4]arenes building blocks.

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    Li, Xia; Wu, Benlai; Wang, Ruiying; Zhang, Hongyun; Niu, Caoyuan; Niu, Yunyin; Hou, Hongwei

    2010-03-15

    Five interesting metal-organic nanostructures and networks, [Ni(4)(HL)(4)(bpy)(py)(H(2)O)(5)](2) x 0.5 H(2)O (1), [Co(4)(HL)(4)(bpy)(py)(H(2)O)(5)](2) x 0.5 H(2)O (2), [Ni(4)(HL)(4)(H(2)O)(7)](n) x nH(2)O (3), [Ni(4)(HL)(4)(bpy)(2)(H(2)O)(4)](n) (4), and [Cd(4)(HL)(4)(H(2)O)](n) (5), were synthesized hydrothermally [H(3)L = 2-(pyridin-2-yl)-1H-imidazole-4,5-dicarboxylate acid, py = pyridine, and bpy = 4,4'-bipyridine]. Intriguingly, all compounds consist of novel metallacalix[4]arene building blocks M(4)(HL)(4), where doubly deprotonated HL in the same bichelating fashion of mu-kN,N':kO,N'' displays a strong coordination orientation by cooperation of the 4,5-imidazoledicarboxylate and 2-pyridyl groups. Very interestingly, the symmetry of M(4)(HL)(4) and the linkage styles between metal nodes and HL in M(4)(HL)(4) are sensitive to the reaction conditions, and the resulting structural motifs vary with secondary ligands and metal nodes. In 1 and 2, two C(1)-symmetric M(4)(HL)(4) units are bpy-bridged into dimeric chiral nanomolecules with two different cavities. As deprotonated with NaOH, the combination of Ni(II) and HL forms a pseudo-S(4)- or S(4)-symmetric M(4)(HL)(4), which further assembles into 1D chiral crystals 3 or rare 3D crystals 4 of bpy-bridged 5-fold interpenetrating diamondoid architecture with metallacalix[4]arene building blocks as novel 4-connecting nodes, and the combination of Cd(II) and HL forms an 8-connected C(2)-symmetric M(4)(HL)(4) that fabricates the alpha-Po net of 5. Notably, those large M(4)(HL)(4) units are potentially highly connected building blocks in a hierarchical assembly of metal-organic networks. Magnetic studies disclose antiferromagnetic interactions in M(4)(HL)(4) of 1-4. The magnetic data for 1, 3, and 4, all containing isomeric Ni(4)(HL)(4) units, are analyzed by an equilateral quadrangle isotropic model combined with the molecular-field approximation with J = -4.00(2), -3.39(2), and -2.72(3) cm(-1), respectively, presenting

  20. [Study on the inclusion behavior of p-sulphonatocalix[4]arene with acridine by spectrofluorometric titrations].

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    Zhou, Yun-You; Lu, Qin; Liu, Chun; She, Shi-Ke; Yang, Xu-Lai; Wang, Lun

    2006-09-01

    p-sulphonatocalix[4] arene (1) was prepared according to the literature, and spectrofluorometric titrations were performed to investigate the inclusion behavior of (1) and acridine in citrate buffer solution (pH 5.92, 0.1 mol x L(-1)) at different temperatures. It was found that in definite concentration range, the emission peak of acridine exhibited a slight red shift and th fluorescence intensity decreased when (1) was added. They form stable host-guest complex, and the stoichiometry of the inclusion complex is 1 : 1. The stability constants of the inclusion complex at 15.0 degrees C, 20.0, 25.0 and 30.0 degrees C were determined as 3.08 x 10(5), 4.45 x 10(4), 2.58 x 10(4) and 8.90 x 10(3), respectively. The thermodynamic parameters of inclusion process, deltaG, deltaH and deltaS, were determined. The experimental results indicated that the inclusion process was an exothermic and enthalpy-driven process. It was found that the stability constants descended when temperature rose. The most probable pattern of the inclusion complex between (1) and acridine was proposed as: acridine partially goes into the cavity of (1), and the protonated N atom and the negatively charged sulphonyl group bond firmly owing to strong electrostatic interaction. With the main contribution of electrostatic interaction and the assistance of Van de Waals and hydrophobic interaction, the host and the guest molecules form 1 : 1 supramolecular complex.

  1. Synthesis, structures and reactivity of group 4 hydrazido complexes supported by calix[4]arene ligands.

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    Clulow, Andrew J; Selby, Jonathan D; Cushion, Michael G; Schwarz, Andrew D; Mountford, Philip

    2008-12-15

    Reaction of TiCl(2)(Me(2)Calix) with 2 equiv of LiNHNRR' afforded the corresponding terminal hydrazido(2-) complexes Ti(NNRR')(Me(2)Calix) (R = Ph, R' = Ph (1) or Me; R = R' = Me (3)) which were all structurally characterized. The X-ray structure of Ph(2)NNH(2) is reported for comparison. Compound 1 was also prepared from Na(2)[Me(2)Calix] and Ti(NNPh(2))Cl(2)(py)(3). Reaction of ZrCl(2)(Me(2)Calix) with 2 equiv of LiNHNR(2) afforded only the bis(hydrazido(1-)) complexes Zr(NHNR(2))(2)(Me(2)Calix) (R = Ph or Me). Treatment of Ti(NNMe(2))(Me(2)Calix) (3) with MeI gave the zwitterionic hydrazidium species Ti(NNMe(3))(MeCalix) (6) via a net isomerization reaction which was found to be catalytic in MeI. The corresponding reaction of 3 with CD(3)I gave Ti(NNMe(2)CD(3))(MeCalix) (6-d(3)) with concomitant elimination of MeI. Reaction of 3 with 1 equiv of MeOTf gave [Ti(NNMe(3))(Me(2)Calix)][OTf] (7-OTf) which in turn reacted with (n)Bu(4)NI to form 6 and MeI. Addition of PhCHO to 3 gave the mu-oxo dimer [Ti(mu-O)(Me(2)Calix)](2) and benzaldehyde-dimethylhydrazone. Reaction of either 3 or 6 with (t)BuNCO gave the zwitterionic species Ti{(t)BuNC(NNMe(3))O}(MeCalix) (10) which has been crystallographically characterized. Compound 10 is the formal product of insertion of an isocyanate into the Ti=N(alpha) bond of a titanium hydrazide or hydrazidium species (Me(2)Calix or MeCalix = dianion or trianion of the di- or monomethyl ether of p-tert-butyl calix[4]arene, respectively).

  2. NMR analysis of t‐butyl‐catalyzed deuterium exchange at unactivated arene localities

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    Eastman, Rachel

    2016-01-01

    Regioselective labelling of arene rings via electrophilic exchange is often dictated by the electronic environment caused by substituents present on the aromatic system. Previously, we observed the presence of a t‐butyl group, either covalently bond or added as an external reagent, could impart deuterium exchange to the unactivated, C1‐position of estrone. Here, we provide nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of this exchange in a solvent system composed of 50:50 trifluoroacetic acid and D2O with either 2‐t‐butylestrone or estrone in the presence of t‐butyl alcohol has shed insights into the mechanism of this t‐butyl‐catalyzed exchange. Fast exchange of the t‐butyl group concurrent with the gradual reduction of the H1 proton signal in both systems suggest a mechanism involving ipso attack of the t‐butyl position by deuterium. The reversible addition/elimination of the t‐butyl group activates the H1 proton towards exchange by a mechanism of t‐butyl incorporation, H1 activation and exchange, followed by eventual t‐butyl elimination. Density functional calculations are consistent with the observation of fast t‐butyl exchange concurrent with slower H1 exchange. The σ‐complex resulting from ipso attack of deuterium at the t‐butyl carbon was 6.6 kcal/mol lower in energy than that of the σ‐complex resulting from deuterium attack at C1. A better understanding of the t‐butyl‐catalyzed exchange could help in the design of labelling recipes for other phenolic metabolites. PMID:27645832

  3. Crystal Structure of an L-Carnitine Complex with Pyrogallol[4]arene

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    Fujisawa, I.; Takeuchi, D.; Kitamura, Y.; Okamoto, R.; Aoki, K.

    2012-03-01

    L-Carnitine is essential for the transport of long-chain fatty acids from cytosol into mitochondria for generating metabolic energy. The survey of crystal structures of carnitine-containing proteins in the Protein Data Bank reveals that carnitine can take several conformations with the quarternary trimethylammonium terminal being always bound to aromatic residues through cation-π interactions in acyltransferases or carnitine-binding proteins. In order to demonstrate the importance of cation-π interaction as a carnitine recognition mechanism in the artificial receptor-ligand system that mimics the carnitine-binding sites, we have determined the crystal structure of a complex formed between L-carnitine and pyrogallol[4]arene (pyrogallol cyclic tetramer: PCT) as a carnitine receptor, 2PCT·2(L-carnitine)·4EtOH. There form two crystallographically independent monomeric [PCT·L-carnitine] substructures, which further form an obliquely arranged capsule-like dimeric [PCT·L-carnitine]2 structure through a pair of O-H (PCT)···O (L-carnitine) hydrogen bonds. This is the first report of PCT complex with chiral molecules. In each of the two monomeric [PCT·L-carnitine] substructures, the L-carnitine molecule takes the elongated form with an intramolecular hydrogen bond between the hydroxyl group and the carboxylate oxygen, and the cationic trimethylammonium moiety is incorporated into the cavity of the bowl-shaped PCT molecule through cation-π interactions. These features are similar to those at the D-carnitine-binding site in the crystal structure of the glycine betaine/carnitine/choline-binding protein complex.

  4. Synthesis, Structure, and Molecular Recognition of S6 - and (SO2 )6 -Corona[6](het)arenes: Control of Macrocyclic Conformation and Properties by the Oxidation State of the Bridging Heteroatoms.

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    Guo, Qing-Hui; Zhao, Liang; Wang, Mei-Xiang

    2016-05-10

    We report herein the synthesis, structure, and molecular recognition of S6 - and (SO2 )6 -corona[6](het)arenes, and demonstrate a unique and efficient strategy of regulating macrocyclic conformation and properties by adjusting the oxidation state of the heteroatom linkages. The one-pot nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction of 1,4-benzenedithiol derivatives, biphenyl-4,4'-dithiol and 9,9-dipropyl-9H-fluorene-2,7-dithiol with 3,6-dichlorotetrazine afforded S6 -corona[3]arene[3]tetrazines. These compounds underwent inverse-electron-demand Diels-Alder reaction with enamines and norbornadiene to produce S6 -corona[3]arene[3]pyridazines. Facile oxidation of sulfide linkages yielded (SO2 )6 -corona[3]arene[3]pyridazines. All corona[6](het)arenes adopted generally hexagonal macrocyclic ring structures; however, their electronic properties and conformation could be fine-tuned by altering the oxidation state of the sulfur linkages. Whereas (SO2 )6 -corona[3]arene[3]pyridazines were electron-deficient, S6 -corona[3]arene[3]pyridazines acted as electron-rich macrocyclic hosts that recognized various organic cations in both aqueous and organic solutions.

  5. Multivalent calix[4]arene-based fluorescent sensor for detecting silver ions in aqueous media and physiological environment.

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    Lotfi, Behzad; Tarlani, Aliakbar; Akbari-Moghaddam, Peyman; Mirza-Aghayan, Maryam; Peyghan, Ali Ahmadi; Muzart, Jacques; Zadmard, Reza

    2017-04-15

    A new derivative of dipodal 1,3-calix[4]arene-based chemosensor (R), which was containing several binding sites have been synthesized and characterized by NMR, IR and LC-MS spectroscopic methods. The selectivity of Rhas been investigated in aqueous methanol, resulting in fluorescence shift and selective recognition of Ag(+) among 20 various alkali, alkaline earth and transition metal ions. Microstructural features of R and its complex with Ag(+)have been investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). AFM images can clearly differentiate R from its complex of Ag(+). Moreover; the complicated binding mode of metal-ligand complex has been explored by UV-Vis, LC-MS, FIR, Fluorescence titration, Job's plot method and theoretical approaches. Density functional theory (DFT) method at B3LYP/LANL2DZ level of theory was employed for computational studies. Theoretical calculations revealed that selectivity and specificity of R toward Ag(+) could be attributed to structural conformation of 1,3-alternate-calix[4]arene scaffold and molecular electrostatic potential of its surface. Furthermore; the competitive experiments were carried out to test sensor's ability for practical uses. Finally, the efficiency of R in matrix of physiological cations was examined and showed gradual emission enhancement which makes R an ideal candidate for monitoring of Ag(+) in physiological environment.

  6. Competition between Hydrogen Bonding and Proton Transfer during Specific Anion Recognition by Dihomooxacalix[4]arene Bidentate Ureas.

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    Martínez-González, Eduardo; González, Felipe J; Ascenso, José R; Marcos, Paula M; Frontana, Carlos

    2016-08-05

    Competition between hydrogen bonding and proton transfer reactions was studied for systems composed of electrogenerated dianionic species from dinitrobenzene isomers and substituted dihomooxacalix[4]arene bidentate urea derivatives. To analyze this competition, a second-order ErCrCi mechanism was considered where the binding process is succeeded by proton transfer and the voltammetric responses depend on two dimensionless parameters: the first related to hydrogen bonding reactions, and the second one to proton transfer processes. Experimental results indicated that, upon an increase in the concentration of phenyl-substituted dihomooxacalix[4]arene bidentate urea, voltammetric responses evolve from diffusion-controlled waves (where the binding process is at chemical equilibrium) into irreversible kinetic responses associated with proton transfer. In particular, the 1,3-dinitrobenzene isomer showed a higher proton transfer rate constant (∼25 M(-1) s(-1)) compared to that of the 1,2-dinitrobenzene (∼5 M(-1) s(-1)), whereas the 1,4-dinitrobenzene did not show any proton transfer effect in the experimental conditions employed.

  7. Benzocaine complexation with p-sulfonic acid calix[n]arene: experimental ((1) H-NMR) and theoretical approaches.

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    Arantes, Lucas M; Varejão, Eduardo V V; Pelizzaro-Rocha, Karin J; Cereda, Cíntia M S; de Paula, Eneida; Lourenço, Maicon P; Duarte, Hélio A; Fernandes, Sergio A

    2014-05-01

    The aim of this work was to study the interaction between the local anesthetic benzocaine and p-sulfonic acid calix[n]arenes using NMR and theoretical calculations and to assess the effects of complexation on cytotoxicity of benzocaine. The architectures of the complexes were proposed according to (1) H NMR data (Job plot, binding constants, and ROESY) indicating details on the insertion of benzocaine in the cavity of the calix[n]arenes. The proposed inclusion compounds were optimized using the PM3 semiempirical method, and the electronic plus nuclear repulsion energy contributions were performed at the DFT level using the PBE exchange/correlation functional and the 6-311G(d) basis set. The remarkable agreement between experimental and theoretical approaches adds support to their use in the structural characterization of the inclusion complexes. In vitro cytotoxic tests showed that complexation intensifies the intrinsic toxicity of benzocaine, possibly by increasing the water solubility of the anesthetic and favoring its partitioning inside of biomembranes.

  8. Photodissociation of a ruthenium(II) arene complex and its subsequent interactions with biomolecules: a density functional theory study.

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    Wang, Hanlu; DeYonker, Nathan J; Zhang, Xiting; Zhao, Cunyuan; Ji, Liangnian; Mao, Zong-Wan

    2012-10-01

    The piano-stool Ru(II) arene complex [(η⁶-benz)Ru(bpm)(py)]²⁺ (benz = benzene, bpm = 2,2'-bipyrimidine, and py = pyridine), which is conventionally nonlabile (on a timescale and under conditions relevant for biological reactivity), can be activated by visible light to selectively photodissociate the monodentate ligand (py). In the present study, the aquation and binding of the photocontrolled ruthenium(II) arene complex [(η⁶-benz)Ru(bpm)(py)]²⁺ to various biomolecules are studied by density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT). Potential energy curves (PECs) calculated for the Ru-N (py) bonds in [(η⁶-benz)Ru(bpm)(py)]²⁺ in the singlet and triplet state give useful insights into the photodissociation mechanism of py. The binding energies of the various biomolecules are calculated, which allows the order of binding affinities among the considered nuleic-acid- or protein-binding sites to be discerned. The kinetics for the replacement of water in the aqua complex with biomolecules is also considered, and the results demonstrate that guanine is superior to other biomolecules in terms of coordinating with the Ru(II) aqua adduct, which is in reasonable agreement with experimental observations.

  9. A new ligand system based on a bipyridine-functionalized calix[4]arene backbone leading to mono- and bimetallic complexes.

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    Dorta, Reto; Shimon, Linda J W; Rozenberg, Haim; Ben-David, Yehoshoa; Milstein, David

    2003-05-19

    The synthesis of a new ligand system for mono- and bimetallic complexes based on a calixarene is described. Ligand BBPC (3, bis(bipyridine)-calix[4]arene) is obtained in three steps in 40% overall yield by first brominating one of the methyl groups of the 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine in two steps and subsequently reacting it with p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene under basic conditions. Reaction of BBPC (3) with 2 equiv of [Rh(NBD)(2)]BF(4) or [Rh(NBD)(CH(3)CN)(2)]BF(4) (NBD = norbornadiene) produces the bimetallic compound BBPC[Rh(NBD)BF(4)](2) (4). Treatment of the ligand with PdCl(2)(CH(3)CN)(2) leads to the isolation of the bimetallic complex BBPC[PdCl(2)](2) (5). When the nickel precursor NiBr(2)(DME) (DME = dimethoxyethane) is reacted with BBPC, the bimetallic complex BBPC[NiBr(2)](2) (6) is isolated which, upon crystallization from methanol, gives the mononuclear bis(bipyridine) complex BBPC[NiBr(OMe)] (7). Full characterization includes X-ray structural studies of complexes 4, 5, and 7. The bimetallic compounds 4 and 5 show metal to metal distances of 4.334 A (for 4) and 3.224 A (for 5). For all three complexes, unique molecular packing arrangements were found, based on hydrophobic/hydrophilic interactions.

  10. Efficient anodic and direct phenol-arene C,C cross-coupling: the benign role of water or methanol.

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    Kirste, Axel; Elsler, Bernd; Schnakenburg, Gregor; Waldvogel, Siegfried R

    2012-02-22

    C,C cross-coupling reactions for the synthesis of nonsymmetrical biaryls represent one of the most significant transformations in contemporary organic chemistry. A variety of useful synthetic methods have been developed in recent decades, since nonsymmetrical biaryls play an evident role in natural product synthesis, as ligand systems in homogeneous catalysis and materials science. Transformation of simple arenes by direct C,H activation belongs to the cutting-edge strategies for creating biaryls; in particular the 2-fold C,H activation is of significant interest. However, in most examples very costly noble metal catalysts, ligand systems, and significant amount of waste-producing oxidants are required. Electrochemical procedures are considered as inherently "green" methods, because only electrons are required and therefore, no reagent waste is produced. Here, we report a metal-free electrochemical method for cross-coupling between phenols and arenes using boron-doped diamond (BDD) anodes in fluorinated media. Our sustainable approach requires no leaving functionalities. Employing water or methanol as mediator represents the key improvement for achieving nonsymmetrical biaryls with superb selectivity and synthetic attractive yields.

  11. Controllable stereoselective synthesis of trisubstituted alkenes by a catalytic three-component reaction of terminal alkynes, benzylic alcohols, and simple arenes.

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    Li, Hai-Hua; Jin, Yin-Huan; Wang, Jie-Qi; Tian, Shi-Kai

    2009-08-21

    The acid-catalyzed three-component reaction of terminal alkynes, benzylic alcohols, and simple arenes provides convenient and atom-economic access to an array of both Z- and E-isomers of trisubstituted alkenes with excellent stereoselectivity by switching reaction temperature and acidic catalysts.

  12. Metal-free annulation of arenes with 2-aminopyridine derivatives: the methyl group as a traceless non-chelating directing group.

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    Manna, Srimanta; Matcha, Kiran; Antonchick, Andrey P

    2014-07-28

    A novel annulation reaction between 2-aminopyridine derivatives and arenes under metal-free conditions is described. The presented intermolecular transformation provided straightforward access to the important pyrido[1,2-a]benzimidazole scaffold under mild reaction conditions. The unprecedented application of the methyl group of methylbenzenes as a traceless, non-chelating, and highly regioselective directing group is reported.

  13. Laser Spectroscopic and Theoretical Studies of Encapsulation Complexes of Calix[4]arene

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    Kaneko, Shohei; Inokuchi, Yoshiya; Ebata, Takayuki; Apra, Edoardo; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2011-10-13

    The complexes between the host calix[4]arene (C4A) and various guest molecules such as NH3, N2, CH4, and C2H2 have been investigated via experimental and theoretical methods. The S1-S0 electronic spectra of these guest-host complexes are observed by mass-selected resonant two-photon ionization (R2PI) and laser induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy. The infrared (IR) spectra of the complexes formed in molecular beams are obtained by IR-UV double resonance (IR-UV DR) and IR photodissociation (IRPD) spectroscopy. The supramolecular structures of the complexes are investigated by electronic structure methods (density functional and second order perturbation theory). The current results for the various molecular guests are put in perspective with the previously reported ones for the C4A-Rare Gas (Rg) (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2007, 126, 141101) and C4A-H2O complexes (J. Phys. Chem. A, 2010, 114, 2967). The electronic spectra of the complexes of C4A with N2, CH4 and C2H2 exhibit red-shifts of similar magnitudes with the ones observed for the C4A-Rg complexes, whereas the complexes of C4A with H2O and NH3 show much larger red-shifts. Most of the IR-UV DR spectra of the complexes, except for C4A-C2H2, show a broad hydrogen bonded OH stretching band with a peak at ~3160 cm-1. The analysis of the experimental results, in agreement with the ones resulted from the electronic structure calculations, suggest that C4A preferentially forms endo-complexes with all the guest species reported in this study. We discuss the similarities and differences of the structures, binding energies and the nature of the interaction between the C4A host and the various guest species. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy

  14. Synthesis and reactivity of calix[4]arene-supported group 4 imido complexes.

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    Dubberley, Stuart R; Friedrich, Andreas; Willman, David A; Mountford, Philip; Radius, Udo

    2003-08-04

    New mononuclear titanium and zirconium imido complexes [M(NR)(R'(2)calix)] [M=Ti, R'=Me, R=tBu (1), R=2,6-C(6)H(3)Me(2) (2), R=2,6-C(6)H(3)iPr(2) (3), R=2,4,6-C(6)H(2)Me(3) (4); M=Ti, R'=Bz, R=tBu (5), R=2,6-C(6)H(3)Me(2) (6), R=2,6-C(6)H(3)iPr(2) (7); M=Zr, R'=Me, R=2,6-C(6)H(3)iPr(2) (8)] supported by 1,3-diorganyl ether p-tert-butylcalix[4]arenes (R'(2)calix) were prepared in good yield from the readily available complexes [MCl(2)(Me(2)calix)], [Ti(NR)Cl(2)(py)(3)], and [Ti(NR)Cl(2)(NHMe(2))(2)]. The crystallographically characterised complex [Ti(NtBu)(Me(2)calix)] (1) reacts readily with CO(2), CS(2), and p-tolyl-isocyanate to give the isolated complexes [Ti[N(tBu)C(O)O](Me(2)calix)] (10), [[Ti(mu-O)(Me(2)calix)](2)] (11), [[Ti(mu-S)(Me(2)calix)](2)] (12), and [Ti[N(tBu)C(O)N(-4-C(6)H(4)Me)](Me(2)calix)] (13). In the case of CO(2) and CS(2), the addition of the heterocumulene to the Ti-N multiple bond is followed by a cycloreversion reaction to give the dinuclear complexes 11 and 12. The X-ray structure of 13.4(C(7)H(8)) clearly establishes the N,N'-coordination mode of the ureate ligand in this compound. Complex 1 undergoes tert-butyl/arylamine exchange reactions to form 2, 3, [Ti(N-4-C(6)H(4)Me)(Me(2)calix)] (14), [Ti(N-4-C(6)H(4)Fc)(Me(2)calix)] (15) [Fc=Fe(eta(5)-C(5)H(5))(eta(5)-C(5)H(4))], and [[Ti(Me(2)calix)](2)[mu-(N-4-C(6)H(4))(2)CH(2)

  15. Spectrofluorimetric determination of benzoimidazolic pesticides: effect of p-sulfonatocalix[6]arene and cyclodextrins.

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    Pacioni, Natalia L; Sueldo Occello, Valeria N; Lazzarotto, Márcio; Veglia, Alicia V

    2008-08-22

    The effect of the addition of a macrocyclic host (H) such as p-sulfonatocalix[6]arene (C6S), native and modified cyclodextrins (CDs), on the fluorescence of benzoimidazolic fungicides (P), like Benomyl (BY) and Carbendazim (CZ), has been studied. The fluorescence of BY in water at pH 1.000 and 25.0 degrees C was increased in the presence of C6S, alphaCD and hydroxypropyl-beta-CD (HPCD). The association constants determined by fluorescence enhancement showed weak interactions (K(A) approximately 10(1) to 10(2) M(-1)) between the fungicide with both CDs, whereas they were stronger with C6S (K(A) approximately 10(5) M(-1)). Molecular recognition of BY for C6S was mainly attributed to electrostatic interactions, and for CDs to the hydrophobic effect and hydrogen bond formation. On the other hand, the fluorescent behaviour of CZ in the presence of C6S at pH 6.994 was interpreted as the formation of two complexes with 1:1 (P:H) and 1:2 (P:H(2)) stoichiometry, the latter being less fluorescent than the free analyte. Relative fluorescence quantum yield ratios between the complexed and free BY (phi(P:H)/phi(P)) were 2.00+/-0.05, 1.40+/-0.03 and 2.8+/-0.4 for C6S, alphaCD and HPCD, respectively. The analytical parameters improved in the presence of C6S and CDs. The best limit of detection (L(D), ng mL(-1)) was 17.4+/-0.8 with HPCD. The proposed method with C6S and HPCD was successfully applied to fortified samples of tap water and orange flesh extract with good recoveries (91-106%) and R.S.D. (< or = 2%) by triplicate analysis. The method is rapid, direct and simple and needs no previous degradation or derivatization reaction.

  16. Detection of SO2, HCl and CO2 in Arenal Volcano Eruptive Plume Using MASTER Multispectral Images

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    Bonatti, J.; Berrocal, M.; Malavassi, E.

    2004-12-01

    The Costa Rica Airborne Research and Technology Applications (CARTA) Mission developed in March-April, 2003 was a join effort between the National Program for Airtransported Missions of the National Center for High Technology of Costa Rica formed by the four public universities in Costa Rica, and NASA. This mission took aerial infrared photography and multiespectral images using the MASTER sensor of 70% of the national territory of Costa Rica. Multiespectral images were taken from Arenal volcano at high (13780 m) and at low (3450 m) altitude. The MASTER images have an aperture ranging between 0.44 micrometers in the visible and 13 micrometers in the thermic infrared. In addition, the distribution of the 50 channels of the MASTER sensor, have been arranged to avoid the influence of water vapor, always present in large quantities in the atmosphere and also in volcanic gases. We determined that SO2 is clearly visible between 8.5-9.3 micrometers (LWIR), and CO2, H2S and HCl in a smaller bandwidth 3.5-4.4 micrometers (MWIR). Another gas detected at Arenal volcanic plumes is methane, in a bandwidth between 7.7-8.1 micrometers (LWIR). When both multispectral images were taken, Arenal volcano had an active lava flow descending its NE flank and no significative winds were blowing, so the eruptive plume was rising almost vertically from the active vent. Profiles of gas concentration collected from the above mentioned bands were performed on the image using the software ENVI to detect different species present in volcanic gases. The concentration of volcanic gases in the multiespectral image was largest above the active crater (north vent of Crater C), and lower on the short active lava flow whose blocks were cascading down up to 1 km on the NE flank. Significant amounts of SO2 were measured above the lava flow and the fan of cascading blocks suggesting that the cooling lava continues to release magmatic gases as their cascading blocks move down flank of the volcano. The

  17. Triggering the approach of an arene or heteroarene towards an aldehyde via Lewis acid-aldehyde communication.

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    Pratihar, Sanjay

    2016-03-14

    The present work reports a combined experimental/computational study of the Lewis acid promoted hydroxyalkylation reaction involving aldehyde and arene/heteroarene and reveals a mechanism in which the rate determining aldehyde to alcohol formation via a four-member cyclic transition state (TS) involves a transfer of hydrogen from arene/heteroarene C-H to aldehyde oxygen with the breaking of the C-H bond and formation of C-C and O-H bonds. The effect of different Sn(iv) derivatives on the hydroxyalkylation reaction from different in situ NMR and computational studies reveals that although the exergonic formation of the intermediate and its gained electrophilicity at the carbonyl carbon drive the reaction in SnCl4 compared to other Sn(iv) derivatives, the overall reaction is low yielding because of its stable intermediate. With respect to different aldehydes, LA promoted hydroxylation was found to be more feasible for an electron withdrawing aldehyde compared to electron rich aldehyde because of lower stability, enhanced electrophilicity gained at the aldehyde center, and a lower activation barrier between its intermediate and TS in the former as compared to the latter. The relative stability of the LA-aldehyde adduct decreases in the order SnCl4 > AlCl3 > InCl3 > BF3 > ZnCl2 > TiCl4 > SiCl4, while the activation barrier (ΔG(#)) between intermediate and transition states increases in the order AlCl3 < SnCl4 < InCl3 < BF3 < TiCl4 < ZnCl2 < SiCl4. On the other hand, the activation barriers in the case of different arenes/heteroarenes are in the order of indole < furan < anisole < thiophene < toluene < benzene < chlorobenzene < cyanobenzene, which suggests a facile reaction in the case of indole and the most difficult reaction in the case of cyanobenzene. The ease of formation of the corresponding diaryl methyl carbocation from the alcohol-LA intermediate is responsible for the determination of the undesired product and is found to be more viable in the case of strong

  18. Crystal structures of resorcin[4]arene and pyrogallol[4]arene complexes with DL-pipecolinic acid. Model compounds for the recognition of the pipecolinyl ring, a key fragment of FK506, through C-H⋯π interaction

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    Fujisawa, Ikuhide; Kitamura, Yuji; Kato, Ryo; Murayama, Kazutaka; Aoki, Katsuyuki

    2014-01-01

    Resorcin[4]arene (resorcinol cyclic tetramer, abbreviated as RCT) or pyrogallol[4]arene (pyrogallol cyclic tetramer, PCT) form host-guest 1:1 complexes with DL-pipecolinic acid (DL-pipeH), RCT·DL-pipeH·EtOH·8H2O (1), PCT DL-pipeH·EtOH·4H2O (2), and PCT·DL-pipeH·3H2O (3), whose crystal structures have been determined. In each complex, the pipeH ligand is incorporated into the bowl-shaped cavity of the RCT or PCT host molecules through C-H⋯π interactions between alkyl protons of the piperidine ring of pipeH and π-rings of RCT or PCT, forming an [(RCT/PCT)·pipeH] structural fragment. In 1 and 3, two [(RCT/PCT) pipeH] fragments self-associate across an inversion center to form a guest-mediated, obliquely declined dimeric structure [(RCT/PCT)·L-pipeH·D-pipeH (RCT/PCT)]. In 2, each PCT-capped pipeH ligand bridges to two adjacent PCT molecules to form guest-mediated, optically-discrete helical polymers [PCT·L-pipeH]n or [PCT·D-pipeH]n. An 1H NMR experiment shows that the complexation through C-H⋯π interaction between the piperidine ring of pipeH and π-rings of RCT or PCT occurs also in solution, with the binding constants of 9.7 ± 0.6 M-1 for RCT and 26.5 ± 1.5 M-1 for PCT. These complexes provide a synthetic model for the recognition of the pipecolinyl-ring moiety, a key constituent of immunosuppressant drugs such as FK506, FK520 or rapamycin, by their binding proteins through C-H⋯π interaction.

  19. Development of more labile low electron count Co(I) sources: mild, catalytic functionalization of activated alkanes using a [(Cp*Co)2-μ-(η4:η4-arene)] complex.

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    Hung-Low, Fernando; Krogman, Jeremy P; Tye, Jesse W; Bradley, Christopher A

    2012-01-11

    Catalytic transfer dehydrogenation of silyl protected amines, requiring sp(3) C-H bond activation, is mediated by a bridging arene complex of the type [(Cp*Co)(2)-μ-(η(4):η(4)-arene)] under mild conditions. Mechanistic and qualitative rate studies establish the compound as a more reactive Co(I) source when compared to other known Cp*Co(I) complexes.

  20. Host-guest inclusion system of ferulic acid with p-Sulfonatocalix[n]arenes: Preparation, characterization and antioxidant activity

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    Chao, Jianbin; Wang, Huijuan; Song, Kailun; Wang, Yongzhao; Zuo, Ying; Zhang, Liwei; Zhang, Bingtai

    2017-02-01

    The inclusion complexes of ferulic acid (FA) with p-Sulfonatocalix[n]arenes (SCXn, n = 4, 6, 8) were prepared and characterized both in the solid state and in solution using fluorescence spectroscopy, 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), attenuated total reflectance-fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results show that FA is able to form inclusion complexes with SCXn in a molar ratio of 1:1, causing a significant decrease in the fluorescence intensity of FA. The association constant of the inclusion complexes was calculated from the fluorescence titration data. 1H NMR spectroscopy analysis demonstrates that the aromatic ring and methoxy group of FA are partially covered by SCXn.

  1. Computational and experimental investigations of supramolecular assemblies of p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene organized by weak forces.

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    Ghoufi, A; Pison, L; Morel, J P; Morel-Desrosiers, N; Bonal, C; Malfreyt, P

    2007-10-04

    We report the study of the supramolecular assemblies formed by the incorporation of quaternary ammonium cations such as Me4N+ or Et4N+ into host-guest assemblies with p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene in the presence of a lanthanide(III) cation in water. We use microcalorimetry to characterize the formation of these supramolecular assemblies. We obtain a molecular description of these assemblies by performing molecular dynamics simulations over a very large period of time. The structures of these supramolecular complexes have been determined and discussed through specific interaction energy contributions. By combining MD simulations and 1NMR spectroscopy, we highlight a specific behavior of the supramolecular assembly with the Me4N+.

  2. Synthesis, characterisation and in vitro anticancer activity of hexanuclear thiolato-bridged arene ruthenium metalla-prisms.

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    Furrer, Mona A; Garci, Amine; Denoyelle-Di-Muro, Emmanuel; Trouillas, Patrick; Giannini, Federico; Furrer, Julien; Clavel, Catherine M; Dyson, Paul J; Süss-Fink, Georg; Therrien, Bruno

    2013-02-25

    Hexanuclear thiolato-bridged arene ruthenium metalla-prisms of the general formula [(p-cymene)(6)Ru(6)(SR)(6)(tpt)(2) ](6+) (R=CH(2)Ph, CH(2)C(6)H(4)-p-tBu, CH(2)CH(2)Ph; tpt=2,4,6-tris(4-pyridyl)-1,3,5-triazine), obtained from the dinuclear precursors [(p-cymene)(2)Ru(2)(SR)(2)Cl(2)], AgCF(3)SO(3) and tpt, have been isolated and fully characterised as triflate salts. The metalla-prisms are highly cytotoxic against human ovarian cancer cells, especially towards the cisplatin-resistant cell line A2780cisR (IC(50) <0.25 μM).

  3. Stabilized rhodium(0) nanoparticles: a reusable hydrogenation catalyst for arene derivatives in a biphasic water-liquid system.

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    Schulz, J; Roucoux, A; Patin, H

    2000-02-18

    A colloidal system based on an aqueous suspension of rhodium(o) nanoparticles proved to be an efficient catalyst for the hydrogenation of arene derivatives under biphasic conditions. The rhodium nanoparticles (2-2.5 nm) were synthesized by the reduction of RhCl3 x 3H2O with sodium borohydride and were stabilized by highly water-soluble N-alkyl-N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ammonium salts (HEA-Cn). These surfactant molecules were characterized by measurements of the surface tension and the aqueous dispersions with rhodium were observed by transmission electron cryomicroscopy. The catalytic system is efficient under ultramild conditions, namely room temperature and 1 atm H2 pressure. The aqueous phase which contains the protected rhodium(0) colloids can be reused without significant loss of activity. The microheterogeneous behavior of this catalytic system was confirmed on a mercury poisoning experiment.

  4. Molecular tectonics: pyridyl containing thiacalix[4]arene based tectons for the generation of 2- and 3-D silver coordination networks.

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    Ovsyannikov, A; Lang, M N; Ferlay, S; Solovieva, S E; Antipin, I S; Konovalov, A I; Kyritsakas, N; Hosseini, M W

    2013-01-07

    Three new organic tectons (2–4) based on the p-tert-butylthiacalix[4]arene backbone, blocked in the 1,3-alternate conformation, bearing four pyridyl coordinating moieties, have been synthesised and characterised in the solid state. The ligands are positional isomers and differ by the position of the N atom on the pyridyl unit (ortho for 2, meta for 3 and para for 4). Their combination with the Ag+ cation leads, reproducibly, to the formation of 2- and 3-D infinite silver coordination networks. Independent of the nature of the anion, the combination of 2 offering four (N,S) type chelates with the Ag+ cation affords an unprecedented diamond type 3D network. Both 3 and 4, behaving as tetrakis monodentate ligands, lead to the formation of 2-D architectures.

  5. Catalysis of the carbonylation of olefins by the cationic chromium complexes allyl(arene)dicarbonylchromium(I) tetrafluoroborates

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    Magomedov, G.K.I.; Morozova, L.V.; Sigachev, S.A.; Krivykh, V.V.; Taits, E.S.; Rybinskaya, M.I.

    1986-11-10

    A qualitative comparison of the catalytic activities of the title complexes and cobalt carbonyl showed that (arene)allyldicarbonylchromium(I) tetrafluoroborates are more active than cobalt carbonyl, and this applies particularly to (C/sub 6/H/sub 6/Cr(CO)/sub 2/..pi..-C/sub 3/H/sub 5/)/sup +/BF/sub 4/. The possibility is not ruled out that in the course of the synthesis the acid HBF/sub 4/ is generated, and this is known to be a catalyst for the Koch reaction, but in this reaction only secondary and tertiary carboxy derivatives, i.e., only products of addition in accordance with the Markovnikov rule, are formed. In view of these results the authors investigated the activity of the title complexes in the hydroformylation process, an important industrial method for the preparation of aldehydes and alcohols.

  6. Solid Lipid Nanoparticle-Based Calix[n]arenes and Calix-Resorcinarenes as Building Blocks: Synthesis, Formulation and Characterization

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    Montasser, Imed; Shahgaldian, Patrick; Perret, Florent; Coleman, Anthony W.

    2013-01-01

    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) have attracted increasing attention during recent years. This paper presents an overview about the use of calix[n]arenes and calix-resorcinarenes in the formulation of SLNs. Because of their specific inclusion capability both in the intraparticle spaces and in the host cavities as well as their capacity for functionalization, these colloidal nanostructures represent excellent tools for the encapsulation of different active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the area of drug targeting, cosmetic additives, contrast agents, etc. Various synthetic routes to the supramolecular structures will be given. These various routes lead to the formulation of the corresponding SLNs. Characterization, properties, toxicological considerations as well as numerous corresponding experimental studies and analytical methods will be also exposed and discussed. PMID:24196356

  7. Tetraazacalix[2]arene[2]triazine modified silica gel: a novel multi-interaction stationary phase for mixed-mode chromatography.

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Wang, Wenjing; Chang, Hong; Cui, Shiwei; Hu, Kai; He, Lijun; Lu, Kui; Liu, Jinxia; Wu, Yangjie; Qian, Jiang; Zhang, Shusheng

    2012-08-17

    A novel multi-interaction and mixed-mode stationary phase based on tetraazacalix[2]arene[2]triazine modified silica (NCS) was synthesized and characterized by infrared spectra, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. Mechanism involved in the chromatographic separation is the multi-interaction including hydrophobic, π-π, hydrogen-bonding, inclusion and anion-exchange interactions. Based on these interactions, successful separation could be achieved among polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, aromatic position isomers, organic bases and phenols in reversed-phase chromatography. Inorganic anions were also shown to be individually separated in anion-exchange chromatography by using the same column. Moreover, the results here also demonstrated that NCS based stationary phase could effectively reduce the adverse effect of residual silanol in the separation process. Such stationary phase with characteristics of multi-interaction mechanism and mixed-mode separation is potential for the analysis of complex samples.

  8. The selective interactions of cationic tetra-p-guanidinoethylcalix[4]arene with lipid membranes: theoretical and experimental model studies.

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    Korchowiec, Beata; Gorczyca, Marcelina; Rogalska, Ewa; Regnouf-de-Vains, Jean-Bernard; Mourer, Maxime; Korchowiec, Jacek

    2016-01-07

    Behavior of cationic tetra-p-guanidinoethylcalix[4]arene (CX1) and its building block, p-guanidinoethylphenol (mCX1) in model monolayer lipid membranes was investigated using all atom molecular dynamics simulations and surface pressure measurements. Members of two classes of lipids were taken into account: zwitterionic 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) and anionic 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-l-serine sodium salt (DMPS) as models of eukaryotic and bacterial cell membranes, respectively. It was demonstrated that CX1 and mCX1 accumulate near the negatively charged DMPS monolayers. The adsorption to neutral monolayers was negligible. In contrast to mCX1, CX1 penetrated into the hydrophobic part of the monolayer. The latter effect, which is possible due to a flip-flop inversion of the CX1 orientation in the lipid layer compared to the aqueous phase, may be responsible for its antibacterial activity.

  9. Friedel-Crafts-Type Intermolecular C-H Silylation of Electron-Rich Arenes Initiated by Base-Metal Salts.

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    Yin, Qin; Klare, Hendrik F T; Oestreich, Martin

    2016-02-24

    An electrophilic aromatic substitution (SE Ar) with a catalytically generated silicon electrophile is reported. Essentially any commercially available base-metal salt acts as an initiator/catalyst when activated with NaBAr(F)4. The thus-generated Lewis acid then promotes the SE Ar of electron-rich arenes with hydrosilanes but not halosilanes. This new C-H silylation was optimized for FeCl2/NaBAr(F)4, affording good yields at catalyst loadings as low as 0.5 mol %. The procedure is exceedingly straightforward and comes close to typical Friedel-Crafts methods, where no added base is needed to absorb the released protons.

  10. Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Arenes Catalyzed by Ion-Exchange Resin Nanoparticles: An Expedient Synthesis of Triarylmethanes.

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    Reddy, B V Subba; Venkateswarlu, A; Sridevi, B; Aldeyab, Salem S; Vinu, Ajayan

    2015-09-01

    Friedel-Crafts alkylation of electron-rich arenes with aldehydes has been achieved in the presence of an active and selective Amberlyst-15 catalyst at the reaction temperature of 60 degrees C in solvent-free conditions. The catalyst exhibits a very high activity and offers the corresponding triarylmethanes in excellent yields with a high selectivity. The use of highly reactive and selective Amberlyist-15 makes this procedure simple, convenient, cost-effective, practical and environmentally friendly. This method provides an easy access to triarylmethanes in a single step using a readily available acidic ionic resin, which is a stable and easy to separate from the reaction mixture by a simple filtration technique.

  11. Understanding the self-assembly process and behavior of metal-seamed pyrogallol[4]arene nanocapsules

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    Mossine, Andrew V.

    C-alkylpyrogallol[4]arenes (PgCs) are bowl-shaped compounds that are commonly used as supramolecular building blocks in the construction of larger entities such as capsules, nanotubes, and layered networks. Many of these assemblies are constructed using non-covalent means and, as such, are inherently unstable in polar media. Although metal coordination with the hydroxyl-rich PgC upper rim can be exploited to synthesize assemblies with enhanced stability, few reports of this can be found in the literature. Thus, a thorough investigation of these metal-seamed assemblies and their manipulation is of importance. Prior work in the Atwood lab has produced three examples of metal-organic nanocapsules (MONCs) based on PgCs. These include two hexameric MONCs (based on Cu2+ and Ga3+) as well as a single example of a dimeric MONC (based on Zn2+). As it was unknown whether other metal cations could lead to the formation of similar entities, PgC complexation experiments were conducted with other first series transition metal cations, notably Ni2+, Co2+ and Mn2+. All of these led to nanocapsular materials, which were identified and studied using single crystal X-ray diffraction (scXRD). Once the foundational studies were complete, syntheses were also performed under varied conditions, specifically with Ni2+ and Cu2+. This led to the characterization of both dimeric and hexameric MONCs with these two metals, as well as the characterization of many other capsular materials. The information collected from these experiments also led to an intriguing question: which specific conditions lead to the formation of dimeric vs. hexameric MONCs? To answer this question, solid-state analysis using scXRD was coupled to in situ analysis utilizing small angle neutron scattering (SANS). This work showed that the formation of the dimer is typically favored at higher temperatures while the formation of the hexamer is favored at lower temperatures for both of the metals tested. Studies that varied

  12. Alteration and arenization processes of granitic waste rock piles from former uranium Mines in Limousin, France.

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    Kanzari, Aisha; Boekhout, Flora; Gérard, Martine; Galoisy, Laurence; Phrommavanh, Vannapha; Descostes, Michael

    2014-05-01

    France counts approximately 200 former uranium mines, 50 of which are located in the Limousin region. Mining activities between 1945 and 2001 have generated close to 200 000 tons of waste rocks in the Limousin, with uranium levels corresponding essentially to the geological background. Waste rock piles from three former mining sites in this region, were selected according to their age, uranium content and petrological signature. These sites are part of the two-mica granitic complex of St Sylvestre massif, formed 324 million years ago. Granitic blocks that build up the waste rock piles have experienced different processes and intensities of alteration before their emplacement at the surface. These processes are responsible for the petrological heterogeneity throughout the waste rock pile at the time of construction. It is important to make a distinction within waste rocks between natural-cut-off waste rocks and economic-cut-off waste rocks. The latter represents a minority and is linked to stock prices. Natural-cut-off waste rocks contain about 20 ppm of uranium; economic-cut-off waste rocks contain about 100 to 300 ppm of uranium. The aims of this study are to 1) assess the neo-formation of U-bearing minerals hosted by these rocks, and 2) to characterize the weathering processes since the construction of the rock piles, including both mechanical and chemical processes. The structure of the waste rocks piles, from metric blocks to boulders of tens centimeters, induces an enhanced weathering rate, compared to a granitic massif. Mechanical fracturing and chemical leaching by rainwater (arenization) of the waste rocks produce a sandy-silty alteration phase. Silty-clay weathering aureoles of submetric-granitic blocks evolving into technic soil are mainly located below growing birch trees. Sampling on the rock piles was restricted to surface rocks. Samples collected consist mainly of granites, and rare lamprophyres with a high radiometric signal, thereby especially

  13. Development and application of a new 25,27-bis(L-phenylalaninemethylester-N-carbonylmethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxy-para-tert-butylcalix[4]arene stationary phase.

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    Hu, Kai; Zhang, Yanhao; Liu, Junwei; Chen, Kangkang; Zhao, Wenjie; Zhu, Weixia; Song, Zhichao; Ye, Baoxian; Zhang, Shusheng

    2013-02-01

    A 25,27-bis(L-phenylalaninemethylester-N-carbonylmethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxy- para-tert-butylcalix[4]arene-bonded silica gel stationary phase was synthesized, structurally characterized and used for LC. Its separation mechanism was studied and compared with octadecyl-bonded stationary phase, as well as our previously prepared para-tert-butylcalix[4]arene-1,2-crown-4 stationary phase. Meanwhile, the chromatographic behaviors were investigated by using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, monosubstituted benzenes, anilines, phenols, Tanaka tests solutes, fluoroquinolones, and flavonoids as probes. Mechanisms involved in the chromatographic separation included hydrophobic, π-π and π-electron transfer, hydrogen bonding, and inclusion interactions. Moreover, the column was successfully employed for the analysis of the illegal additive of melamine in milk product.

  14. Qualitative analysis of the helical electronic energy of inherently chiral calix[4]arenes: an approach to effectively assign their absolute configuration.

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    Zheng, Shuang; Chang, Ming-Liang; Zhou, Jing; Fu, Jing-Wei; Zhang, Qing-Wei; Li, Shao-Yong; Qiao, Wei; Liu, Jun-Min

    2014-06-03

    For all microhelices on aromatic rings of inherently chiral calix[4]arene, an expression was derived from one approximation and one hypothesis on the basis of the electron-on-a-helix model of Tinoco and Woody as follows: 1/E = μ(H - KΔα2), where μ = 1 for the right-handed microhelix and μ = -1 for the left-handed microhelix; and H and K are constant and greater than zero. The expression correlates microhelical electronic energy (E) with the atom polarizability difference (Δα) on both microhelix ends, which intuitively and clearly shows the impact of helical substituent polarizability on helical electronic energy. The case analysis almost entirely proves that the qualitative analysis of the helical electronic energy of inherently chiral calix[4]arenes with the expression is scientific and can be used to effectively assign their absolute configuration.

  15. [Synthesis of a novel calix[4]arene derivative with 2-methylquinoline and study of it's spectrum character with Zn(II) and Cu(II)].

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    Liu, Shi-Zhu; Tang, You-Wen

    2008-05-01

    A novel calix[4]arene derivative(25,27-two2-methylquinoline t-butylcalix[4]arene, MQBC) with the lower rim modified fluorescence groups was synthesized. IR spectra, elemental analysis, HNMR spectra and MS were used to determine its structure. Meanwhile, the spectra characters of MQBC and the fluorescent behaviors of the complex with zinc(II) and copper (II) were investigated, and the results showed that the lower rim oxygen atoms in calix[4]arenes may act as electrons donor to metal ions. Calix[4] arene was chosen as a basic skeleton of a photoresponsive ion carrier because its quinolin derivatives are known to emit fluorescence and absorb UV in the solution, and the information of the complex with metal ions will be known by spectra experiment. The UV absorbance became weak at the band of 226 nm but was enhanced at the band of 315 nm when it bound zinc ions, The complex constant(K) and binding ratio(x) were determined to be 2 064 L x mol(-1) and 1, respectively, by UV spectra experiment. It is expected that MQBC will be applied to the detection of trace zinc ions. The fluorecence spectra experiment found that MQBC is has feeble fluorecence attributed to the intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer(PET) between oxygen atoms and methylquinoline groups. When MQBC was combined with zinc(II) and copper(II), it caused the inhibiting photoinduced electron transfer process between oxygen atoms and methylquinoline groups leading to the enhancement of fluorescence. In addition, the photoinduced electron mechanism was discussed and the influence of the concentration of zinc(II) and copper(II) on the fluorescence intensities was studied.

  16. Modification of photoelectrode with thiol-functionalized Calix[4]arenes as interface energy barrier for high efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Akın, Seçkin; Gülen, Mahir; Sayın, Serkan; Azak, Hacer; Yıldız, Hüseyin Bekir; Sönmezoğlu, Savaş

    2016-03-01

    We successfully synthesize a series of bis-thiol-substituted calix[4]arene derivatives bearing diverse groups on the upper-rim/lower-rim (C@SH-1, C@SH-2, C@SH-3, C@SH-4, C@SH-5). For the first time, we apply these derivatives as interface modifiers for improving the photovoltaic response of a Ru-bipy dye (N-719)-sensitized TiO2 photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We use FT-IR, H- and C-NMR, UV-vis spectrophotometry, and elemental analysis techniques to characterize the structures of the calix[4]arene derivatives. We achieve an overall photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.97% with the DSSCs based on 25,27-bis(5-thiol-1-oxypentane)-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene (C@SH-3)-modified TiO2 photoanode (Jsc = 9.49 mA cm-2, Voc = 672 mV, FF = 61.1%) compared with a system of bare TiO2 (PCE: 6.82%) under AM 1.5G illumination of 300 W/m2. In addition, we also study the influence of the chain length (C@SH-2; with 3 carbons and C@SH-3; with 5 carbons) and subsidiary ligand groups such as alkyl (C@SH-1), nitro (C@SH-4), and amine (C@SH-5) on the surface morphology, spectral response, and photovoltaic performance. Our results reveal that the C@SH-3 calixarene is the best derivative for modifiying the TiO2 photoanode. Thiol-functionalized Calix[4]arene molecules play a role in assisting charge separation and preventing back recombination, which accounts for the observed enhancement in photovoltaic performance.

  17. DNA Binding and Recognition of a CC Mismatch in a DNA Duplex by Water-Soluble Peptidocalix[4]arenes: Synthesis and Applications.

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    Alavijeh, Nahid S; Zadmard, Reza; Balalaie, Saeed; Alavijeh, Mohammad S; Soltani, Nima

    2016-10-07

    Water-soluble peptidocalix[4]arenes were synthesized by the introduction of arginine-rich narrow groove-binding residues at lower rims through solid-phase synthesis. The study of binding of these water-soluble bidentate ligands to well-matched and mismatched DNA duplexes by fluorescent titrations, ethidium bromide (EB) displacement assays, DNA-melting experiments, and circular dichroism (CD) analysis revealed a sequence-dependent groove-binding mechanism.

  18. Formation of a series of stable pillar[5]arene-based pseudo[1]-rotaxanes and their [1]rotaxanes in the crystal state

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    Han, Ying; Huo, Gui-Fei; Sun, Jing; Xie, Ju; Yan, Chao-Guo; Zhao, Yue; Wu, Xuan; Lin, Chen; Wang, Leyong

    2016-01-01

    A series of mono-amide-functionalized pillar[5]arenes with different lengths of N-ω-aminoalkyl groups as the side chain on the rim were designed and synthesized, which all formed pseudo[1]rotaxanes in the crystal state. And these pseudo[1]rotaxanes could be transformed into [1]rotaxanes or open forms in the crystal state. In addition, they were also studied in solution by 1H NMR spectroscopy. PMID:27350382

  19. Arene Trifluoromethylation: An Effective Strategy to Obtain Air-Stable n-Type Organic Semiconductors with Tunable Optoelectronic and Electron Transfer Properties

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    Sun, Haoran; Putta, Anjaneyulu; Billion, Michael

    2012-08-02

    Modulation of organic semiconductor band gap, electron affinities (EA), ionization potentials (IP), and reorganization energies (λ) associated with charge transfer is critical for its applications. We report here that trifluoromethylation not only increases both IP and EA significantly as expected but also narrows the HOMO–LUMO band gaps and increases considerably the air-stability of arene-based n-type organic semiconductors. The increased air-stability results from relatively high EA energies and a change in oxidation mechanism. Calculated EAs and IPs show that trifluoromethylated arenes are excellent candidates for n-type semiconductor materials; though a moderate increase of inner-sphere reorganization energy (λi) associated with charge transfer is the penalty for the improved performance of the trifluoromethylated compounds. However, since λi decreases as the π conjugation increases, a rational design to produce air-stable n-type semiconductor materials with reasonably small λi is simply to prepare trifluoromethylated arenes with extended π conjugation. Finally, we found that structural isomerization can fine-tune the optoelectronic and electronic transfer properties of the corresponding aromatics.

  20. p-Tertbutylcalix[4]arene nanoemulsion: preparation, characterization and comparative evaluation of its decontamination efficacy against Technetium-99m, Iodine-131 and Thallium-201.

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    Rana, Sudha; Sharma, Navneet; Ojha, Himanshu; Shivkumar, Hosakote Gurumalappa; Sultana, Sarwat; Sharma, Rakesh Kumar

    2014-05-01

    This study aimed to develop p-tertbutylcalix[4]arene o/w nanoemulsion for decontamination of radioisotopes from skin. Formulation was characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), multi-photon confocal microscopy techniques and in vitro dissolution studies. In vivo evaluation of nano-emulsion was done using nuclear medicine technique. Stability studies and dermal toxicity studies were also carried out. Comparative decontamination efficacy (DE) studies were performed on synthetic human tissue equivalent material and Sprague Dawley rat against three commonly used medical radioisotopes, i.e., Technetium-99m ((99m)Tc), Iodine-131 ((131)I) and Thallium-201 ((201)Tl). Decontamination was performed using cotton swabs soaked in nanoemulsion at different time intervals of contaminants exposure. Whole body imaging and static counts were recorded using gamma camera before and after each decontamination attempt data was analyzed using one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and found to be statistically significant (p<0.05). DE of the nanoemulsion loaded with p-tertbutylcalix[4]arene was observed to be 88±5%, 90±3% and 89±3% for (99m)Tc, (131)I and (201)Tl respectively. Dermal toxicity studies revealed no significant differences between treated and control animals. Skin histopathology slides with and without API (Active pharmaceutical ingredients) also found to be comparable. p-Tertbutylcalix[4]arene loaded nanoemulsion shows great promise for skin decontamination against broad ranges of radiological contaminants besides being stable and safe.

  1. Molecular binding behavior of water-soluble calix[4]arenes with asymmetric 4,4'-bipyridinium guests in aqueous solution: regioselective recognition or not?

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    Wang, Kui; Cui, Jian-Hua; Xing, Si-Yang; Dou, Hong-Xi

    2016-11-22

    The molecular binding behavior of water-soluble calix[4]arenes (p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene (SC4A) and p-sulfonatothiacalix[4]arene (STC4A)) with two asymmetric 4,4'-bipyridinium guests (N-methyl-N'-adamantane carbomethyl-4,4'-bipyridinium dibromide (MVAd(2+)) and N-methyl-N'-(naphthalen-2-ylmethyl)-4,4'-bipyridinium bromide iodide (MVNp(2+))) was systematically studied using NMR spectroscopy and microcalorimetry in a neutral aqueous solution. Either the methyl group or the adamantane moiety in MVAd(2+) could enter into the SC4A and STC4A cavities, without regioselectivity. The STC4A cavity can also accommodate MVNp(2+), either through incorporation of the methyl group or the naphthalene moiety, without regioselectivity. However, we were surprised to find that MVNp(2+) could only be included within the SC4A cavity through incorporation of the methyl group, with regioselectivity, which is rare for a flexible host. Furthermore, both SC4A and STC4A can form stable inclusion complexes with the two investigated asymmetric 4,4'-bipyridinium guests, driven by very favorable enthalpy changes, and the thermodynamic origins of the host selectivities for MVAd(2+) and MVNp(2+) can be well explained through their binding modes. The finding of this novel regioselective recognition is promising for potential applications in the development of more sophisticated biomimetic materials.

  2. [Solid-phase microextraction coupled with capillary electrophoresis for doping analysis of propranolol enantiomers in urine using a sol-gel derived calix [4] arene fiber].

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    Zhou, Xingwang; Li, Xiujuan; Zeng, Zhaorui

    2006-01-01

    A new type fiber coated with diglycidyloxy calix [4] arene/hydroxy-terminated silicone oil (diglycidyloxy-C [4] arene/OH-TSO) made by sol-gel method was prepared for capillary electrophoresis (CE) sample pretreatment. By using headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) combined with a novel back-extraction facility coupled off-line to capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), the determination of propranolol enantiomers in urine was achieved with combination of ultrasonic back-extraction and field amplified sample injection (FASI) technologies. Extraction and back-extraction parameters were optimized. The clean-up effect and preconcentration effect were realized without derivatization during the SPME process in terms of this strongly polar and thermally stable compound. Preconcentration of the sample by calix [4] arene fiber increased the sensitivity, yielding a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.01 mg/L by CZE-diode array detection (DAD). Method repeatability (relative standard deviations (RSD) < 6.5%) and fiber reusability (> 150 extraction procedures) were observed over a wide linear range of propranolol (0.05 - 10 mg/L) in urine samples. Compared with commercial SPME stationary phases, the new coating showed higher extraction efficiency and this SPME-CZE-DAD procedures could meet the demand of minimum required performance limits (MRPL) set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for the detection of propranolol in urine samples.

  3. 1-(2-biphenyl)-3-methyltriazenide-N-oxide as a template for intramolecular copper(II)⋯arene-π interactions

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    Paraginski, Gustavo Luiz; Hörner, Manfredo; Back, Davi Fernando; Wohlmuth Alves dos Santos, Aline Joana Rolina; Beck, Johannes

    2016-01-01

    Deprotonated triazene N-oxides are able to chelate metal ions resulting in five-membered rings without carbon atoms. A new ligand 1-(2-biphenyl)-3-methyltriazenide-N-oxide (1) and its mononuclear Cu(II) complex (2) were synthesized to verify the capability of this ligand to promote Cu(II)⋯arene-π interactions. Ligand 1 and complex 2 have been characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry (ESI(+)-TOF), IR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. In addition, ligand 1 was characterized by 1H and 13C NMR and complex 2 by X-ray diffraction on single crystal. The crystal structure of complex 2 reveals a distorted tetrahedral geometry of Cu(II) in the first coordination sphere, which expands to a distorted octahedral environment by two symmetrically independent intramolecular metal⋯arene-π interactions. These interactions are provided by ortho-phenyl rings of both triazene N-oxide ligands 1. The aim of this work was to contribute to the architecture of new Cu(II)⋯arene-π complexes based on the synthesis of appropriated ligand for intramolecular interactions

  4. 3-Hydroxyflavones vs. 3-hydroxyquinolinones: structure-activity relationships and stability studies on Ru(II)(arene) anticancer complexes with biologically active ligands.

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    Kurzwernhart, Andrea; Kandioller, Wolfgang; Enyedy, Éva A; Novak, Maria; Jakupec, Michael A; Keppler, Bernhard K; Hartinger, Christian G

    2013-05-07

    Ru(II)(η(6)-arene) complexes, especially with bioactive ligands, are considered to be very promising compounds for anticancer drug design. We have shown recently that Ru(II)(η(6)-p-cymene) complexes with 3-hydroxyflavone ligands exhibit very high in vitro cytotoxic activities correlating with a strong inhibition of topoisomerase IIα. In order to expand our knowledge about the structure-activity relationships and to determine the impact of lipophilicity of the arene ligand and of the hydrolysis rate on anticancer activity, a series of novel 3-hydroxyflavone derived Ru(II)(η(6)-arene) complexes were synthesised. Furthermore, the impact of the heteroatom in the bioactive ligand backbone was studied by comparing the cytotoxic activity of Ru(II)(η(6)-p-cymene) complexes of 3-hydroxyquinolinone ligands with that of their 3-hydroxyflavone analogues. To better understand the behaviour of these Ru(II) complexes in aqueous solution, the stability constants and pK(a) values for complexes and the corresponding ligands were determined. Furthermore, the interaction with the DNA model 5'-GMP and with a series of amino acids was studied in order to identify potential biological target structures.

  5. Synthesis and DFT calculation of a novel 5,17-di(2-antracenylazo)-25,27-di(ethoxycarbonylmethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene.

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    Bayrakdar, A; Kart, H H; Elcin, S; Deligoz, H; Karabacak, M

    2015-02-05

    In this study, 5,17-di(2-antracenylazo)-25,27-di(ethoxycarbonylmethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene has been synthesized from 2-aminoantracene and 25,27-dihydroxy-26,28-diethylacetate calix[4]arene. In order to identify the molecular structure and vibrational features of the prepared azocalix[4]arene, FT-IR and (1)H NMR spectral data have been used. FT-IR spectrum of the studied molecule is recorded in the region 4000-400 cm(-1). (1)H NMR spectrum is recorded for 0.1-0.2 M solutions in DMSO-d6 solution. The molecular geometry, infrared spectrum are calculated by the density functional method employing B3LYP level with different basis sets, including 6-31G(d) and LanL2DZ. The chemical shifts calculation for (1)H NMR of the title molecule is calculated by using by Gauge-Invariant Atomic Orbital method by utilizing the same basis sets. The total density of state, the partial density of state and the overlap population density of state diagram analysis are done via GaussSum 3.0 program. Frontier molecular orbital (HOMO-LUMO) and molecular electrostatic potential surface on the title molecule are carried out for various intramolecular interactions that are responsible for the stabilization of the molecule. The experimental results and theoretical calculations have been compared, and they are found to be in good agreement.

  6. Inter-rater reliability of surgical reviews for AREN03B2: A COG renal tumor committee study✩

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    Hamilton, Thomas E.; Barnhart, Douglas; Gow, Kenneth; Ferrer, Fernando; Kandel, Jessica; Glick, Richard; Dasgupta, Roshni; Naranjo, Arlene; He, Ying; Gratias, Eric; Geller, James; Mullen, Elizabeth; Ehrlich, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The Children's Oncology Group (COG) renal tumor study (AREN03B2) requires real-time central review of radiology, pathology, and the surgical procedure to determine appropriate risk-based therapy. The purpose of this study was to determine the inter-rater reliability of the surgical reviews. Methods Of the first 3200 enrolled AREN03B2 patients, a sample of 100 enriched for blood vessel involvement, spill, rupture, and lymph node involvement was selected for analysis. The surgical assessment was then performed independently by two blinded surgical reviewers and compared to the original assessment, which had been completed by another of the committee surgeons. Variables assessed included surgeon-determined local tumor stage, overall disease stage, type of renal procedure performed, presence of tumor rupture, occurrence of intraoperative tumor spill, blood vessel involvement, presence of peritoneal implants, and interpretation of residual disease. Inter-rater reliability was measured using the Fleiss' Kappa statistic two-sided hypothesis tests (Kappa, p-value). Results Local tumor stage correlated in all 3 reviews except in one case (Kappa = 0.9775, p < 0.001). Similarly, overall disease stage had excellent correlation (0.9422, p < 0.001). There was strong correlation for type of renal procedure (0.8357, p < 0.001), presence of tumor rupture (0.6858, p < 0.001), intraoperative tumor spill (0.6493, p < 0.001), and blood vessel involvement (0.6470, p < 0.001). Variables that had lower correlation were determination of the presence of peritoneal implants (0.2753, p < 0.001) and interpretation of residual disease status (0.5310, p < 0.001). Conclusion The inter-rater reliability of the surgical review is high based on the great consistency in the 3 independent review results. This analysis provides validation and establishes precedent for real-time central surgical review to determine treatment assignment in a risk-based stratagem for multimodal cancer therapy

  7. Biomolecule binding vs. anticancer activity: reactions of Ru(arene)[(thio)pyr-(id)one] compounds with amino acids and proteins.

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    Meier, Samuel M; Hanif, Muhammad; Kandioller, Wolfgang; Keppler, Bernhard K; Hartinger, Christian G

    2012-03-01

    The interactions of the ruthenium(arene) complexes [chlorido(η(6)-p-cymene)(2-methyl-3-(oxo-κO)-4H-pyran-4-onato-κO)ruthenium(II)] 1, [chlorido(η(6)-p-cymene)(2-methyl-3-(oxo-κO)-4H-thiopyran-4-onato-κS)ruthenium(II)] 2 and [chlorido(η(6)-p-cymene){N-[(ethoxycarbonyl)methyl]-3-(oxo-κO)-1H-pyrid-2-onato-κO}ruthenium(II)] 3 with biomolecules such as l-methionine (Met) and ubiquitin (Ub) were investigated by electrospray ionization (ESI) ion trap mass spectrometry (MS). These Ru(II) compounds were shown to exhibit anticancer activity which varies depending on the (thio)pyr(id)onato ligands. Compounds 1 and 3 reacted readily with the model protein Ub to yield stable [Ub+Ru(p-cym)] adducts (p-cym=η(6)-p-cymene), whereas 2 was converted only to a minor degree. The protein adduct formation is reversible by incubation with N- and S-donor systems, the latter being more efficient. From these studies, an inverse correlation between metallodrug-protein interaction and cytotoxicity against human tumor cell lines was derived, where low protein binding ability is indicative of increased cytotoxic activity.

  8. Alkali metal cation complexation by 1,3-alternate, mono-ionisable calix[4]arene-benzocrown-6 compounds

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    Surowiec, Malgorzata A.; Custelcean, Radu; Surowiec, Kazimierz; Bartsch, Richard A.

    2014-04-23

    Alkali metal cation extraction behavior for two series of 1,3-alternate, mono-ionizable calix[4]arene-benzocrown-6 compounds is examined. In Series 1, the proton-ionizable group is a substituent on the benzo group of the polyether ring that directs it away from the crown ether cavity. In Series 2, the proton-ionizable group is attached to one para position in the calixarene framework, thus positioning it over the crown ether ring. Competitive solvent extraction of alkali metal cations from aqueous solutions into chloroform shows high Cs+ efficiency and selectivity. Single-species extraction pH profiles of Cs+ for Series 1 and 2 ligands with the same proton-ionizable group are very similar. Thus, association of Cs+ with the calixcrown ring is more important than the the proton-ionizable group’s position in relation to the crown ether cavity. Solid-state structures are presented for two unionized ligands from Series 2, as is a crystal containing two different ionized ligand–Cs+ complexes.

  9. Grand Canonical Monte Carlo studies of CO2 and CH4 adsorption in p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene

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    Daschbach, John L.; Sun, Xiuquan; Thallapally, Praveen K.; McGrail, B. Peter; Dang, Liem X.

    2010-05-06

    Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were performed for single component isotherms of CO2 and CH4 in the p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene (TBC4) structure. Comparison with literature data for adsorption used the Peng-Robinson equation of state to map simulated fugacities to experimentally determined pressures. CO2 binding in the high-pressure structure of TBC4 (TBC4-H) occurs in two distinct waves. The cage sites in TBC4 completely fill, followed by the filling of interstitial sites, resulting in the sum of two Langmuir isotherms being the best way to describe the total absorption isotherms. Our simulation results capture the essential experimental feature that the cage sites are the major contributor to the absorption isotherms, and the contribution of interstitial sites are significantly less. We found that CH4 does not exhibit the same two site binding characteristic and has a smaller temperature dependence, which arises from a smaller negative entropy change upon absorption compared with CO2. Our calculations give higher binding than observed experimentally for the cage site but lower binding for the interstitial site. We also demonstrate that by rescaling the interaction between CO2 and the lattice, the results can reproduce the experimental data well. This work was performed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and was supported by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). PNNL is operated by Battelle for the DOE.

  10. Method development and validation of arene substituted regioisomers in a pharmaceutical candidate by high temperature GC-FID.

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    Salisbury, John J; Do, Nga M; Ragan, John A

    2015-05-10

    This paper describes the development and validation of a high temperature gas chromatography flame ionization detection (HTGC-FID) method for the purity evaluation of arene substituted regioisomers in a key starting material of a pharmaceutical candidate in Phase 3 studies. The chromatographic conditions of the method employ a (5%-phenyl)-methylpolysiloxane packed column (30m×0.25mm) at a constant flow of 1.0mLmin(-1) with a gradient temperature program from 150°C to 400°C with injector and detector temperatures of 300°C and 340°C, respectively. The calibration curve for the desired product (r=0.9999) was assessed for five points in the range from approximately 1.0μgmL(-1) to 40μgmL(-1). The precision (% RSD) of the method was calculated for six replicate injections and found to be 0.81%. The limits of detection and quantitation were determined to be 0.06 and 0.20μgmL(-1), respectively.

  11. Arene C(sp(2))-H Metalation at Ni(II) Modeled with a Reactive PONCPh Ligand.

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    Jongbloed, Linda S; García-López, Diego; van Heck, Richard; Siegler, Maxime A; Carbó, Jorge J; van der Vlugt, Jarl Ivar

    2016-08-15

    Coordination of the reactive phosphinitopyridylphenyl PONCPh ligand L(H) to NiBr2 initially yields paramagnetic brown NiBr2(L(H)) (1), but addition of triethylamine results in fast and facile cyclometalation at Ni(II), giving NiBr(κ(3)-P,N,C-L) (2) as well-defined species. This is a rare example of direct cyclometalation at Ni(II) from a C-H bond in a ligand structure other than encumbering ligands (e.g., ECE pincers). Diamagnetic yellow complex 2 reacts instantaneously with HBF4 to give purple [NiBr(κ(3)-P,N-L(H))]BF4 (3). A very unusual (an)agostic Ni(CPh-H) interaction in the solid-state structure of 3 was unequivocally demonstrated using single-crystal X-ray crystallography and was interpreted by density functional theory calculations (quantum theory of atoms in molecules and electron localization function analysis). These compounds may be viewed as models for key intermediates in the Ni-catalyzed C-H functionalization of arenes.

  12. Determination of dopamine hydrochloride by host-guest interaction based on water-soluble pillar[5]arene

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    Xiao, Xue-Dong; Shi, Lin; Guo, Li-Hui; Wang, Jun-Wen; Zhang, Xiang

    2017-02-01

    The supramolecular interaction between the water-soluble pillar[5]arene (WP[5]) as host and dopamine hydrochloride (DH) as guest was studied by spectrofluorometry. The fluorescence intensity of DH gradually decreased with increasing WP[5] concentration, and the possible interaction mechanism between WP[5] and DH was confirmed by 1H NMR, 2D NOESY, and molecular modelling. Based on significant DH fluorescence, a highly sensitive and selective method for DH determination was developed for the first time. The fluorescence intensity was measured at 312 nm, with excitation at 285 nm. The effects of pH, temperature, and reaction time on the fluorescence spectra of the WP[5]-DH complex were investigated. A linear relationship between fluorescence intensity and DH concentration in the range of 0.07-6.2 μg mL- 1 was obtained. The corresponding linear regression equation is ΔF = 25.76 C + 13.56 (where C denotes the concentration in μg mL- 1), with the limit of detection equal to 0.03 μg mL- 1 and the correlation coefficient equal to 0.9996. This method can be used for the determination of dopamine in injection and urine samples. In addition, the WP[5]-DH complex has potential applications in fluorescent sensing and pharmacokinetics studies of DH.

  13. Multistimuli-responsive supramolecular vesicles based on water-soluble pillar[6]arene and SAINT complexation for controllable drug release.

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    Cao, Yu; Hu, Xiao-Yu; Li, Yan; Zou, Xiaochun; Xiong, Shuhan; Lin, Chen; Shen, Ying-Zhong; Wang, Leyong

    2014-07-30

    Supramolecular binary vesicles based on the host-guest complexation of water-soluble pillar[6]arene (WP6) and SAINT molecule have been successfully constructed, which showed pH-, Ca(2+)-, and thermal-responsiveness. These supramolecular vesicles can efficiently encapsulate model substrate calcein, which then can be efficiently released either by adjusting the solution pH to acidic condition due to the complete disruption of vesicular structure, or particularly, by adding a certain amount of Ca(2+) due to the Ca(2+)-induced vesicle fusion and accompanied by the structure disruption. More importantly, drug loading and releasing experiments demonstrate that an anticancer drug, DOX, can be successfully encapsulated by the supramolecular vesicles, and the resulting DOX-loaded vesicles exhibit efficient release of the encapsulated DOX with the pH adjustment or the introduction of Ca(2+). Cytotoxicity experiments suggest that the resulting DOX-loaded supramolecular vesicles exhibit comparable therapeutic effect for cancer cells as free DOX and the remarkably reduced damage for normal cells as well. The present multistimuli-responsive supramolecular vesicles have great potential applications in the field of controlled drug delivery. In addition, giant supramolecular vesicles (~3 μm) with large internal volume and good stability can be achieved by increasing the temperature of WP6 ⊃ SAINT vesicular solution, and they might have potential applications for bioimaging.

  14. Protonation of calix[4]arene-(2,3-naphthylene-crown-6,crown-6): Experimental and theoretical study

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    Kvíčalová, Magdalena; Makrlík, Emanuel; Böhm, Stanislav; Vaňura, Petr; Asfari, Zouhair

    2017-04-01

    On the basis of extraction experiments and γ-activity measurements, the extraction constant corresponding to the equilibrium H3O+ (aq) + 1·Na+ (nb) ⇄1·H3O+ (nb) + Na+ (aq) occurring in the two-phase water-nitrobenzene system (1 = calix[4]arene-(2,3-naphthylene-crown-6,crown-6); aq = aqueous phase, nb = nitrobenzene phase) was determined as log Kex(H3O+,1·Na+) = -0.2 ± 0.1. Further, the stability constant of the 1·H3O+ complex in nitrobenzene saturated with water was calculated for a temperature of 25 °C: log βnb(1·H3O+) = 5.9 ± 0.2. Finally, applying quantum chemical DFT calculations, the most probable structure of the cationic complex species 1·H3O+ was derived. In the resulting complex, the "central" cation H3O+ is bound by three strong hydrogen bonds to two phenoxy oxygen atoms and to one ethereal oxygen from the crown-6 moiety of the parent ligand 1. The interaction energy, E(int), of the considered 1·H3O+ complex was found to be -416.0 kJ/mol, confirming the formation of this cationic species as well.

  15. Site-Specific Description of the Enhanced Recognition Between Electrogenerated Nitrobenzene Anions and Dihomooxacalix[4]arene Bidentate Ureas.

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    Martínez-González, Eduardo; Armendáriz-Vidales, Georgina; Ascenso, José R; Marcos, Paula M; Frontana, Carlos

    2015-05-01

    Electron transfer controlled hydrogen bonding was studied for a series of nitrobenzene derivative radical anions, working as large guest anions, and substituted ureas, including dihomooxacalix[4]arene bidentate urea derivatives, in order to estimate binding constants (Kb) for the hydrogen-bonding process. Results showed enhanced Kb values for the interaction with phenyl-substituted bidentate urea, which is significantly larger than for the remaining compounds, e.g., in the case of 4-methoxynitrobenzene a 28-fold larger Kb value was obtained for the urea bearing a phenyl (Kb ∼ 6888) vs tert-butyl (Kb ∼ 247) moieties. The respective nucleophilic and electrophilic characters of the participant anion radical and urea hosts were parametrized with global and local electrodonating (ω(-)) and electroaccepting (ω(+)) powers, derived from DFT calculations. ω(-) data were useful for describing trends in structure–activity relationships when comparing nitrobenzene radical anions. However, ω(+) for the host urea structures lead to unreliable explanations of the experimental data. For the latter case, local descriptors ωk(+)(r) were estimated for the atoms within the urea region in the hosts [∑kωk(+)(r)]. By compiling all the theoretical and experimental data, a Kb-predictive contour plot was built considering ω(-) for the studied anion radicals and ∑kωk(+)(r) which affords good estimations.

  16. Comparison of the tumor-initiating activities of benzo(a)pyrene arene oxides and diol-epoxides.

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    Slaga, T J; Bracken, W M; Viaje, A; Levin, W; Yagi, H; Jerina, D M; Conney, A H

    1977-11-01

    The ability of arene oxides, and diol epoxides of benzo(a)pyrene to initiate skin tumors in mice was determined by using a two-stage system of tumorigenesis. (+/-)-7beta,8alpha-Dihydroxy-9alpha, 10alpha-epoxy-7,8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo(a)pyrene was a more effective tumor initiator than was (+/-)-7beta,8alpha-dihydroxy-9beta,10beta-epoxy-7,8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo(a)pyrene when applied topically to CD-1 mice and then followed by twice-weekly applications of the promotor 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate. (+/-)-7beta,8alpha-Dihydroxy-9alpha,10alpha-epoxy-7,8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo(a)pyrene was approximately 20 to 30% as active as benzo(a)pyrene was as a tumor initiator. (+/-)-7beta,8alpha-Dihydroxy-7beta,8beta-epoxy-7,8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo(a)pyrene, benzo(a)pyrene, 9,10-oxide, and benzo(a)pyrene 11, 12-oxide, possessed about 1, 2, and 10%, respectively, of the tumor-initiating activity of benzo(a)pyrene.

  17. Study of the U/Am separation with supported calix[6]arene in the aim of urinary actinides analysis.

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    Poriel, L; Boulet, B; Cossonnet, C; Bouvier-Capely, C

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this work is to propose an alternative radiochemical procedure for the analysis of U, Pu and Am in urine, which is one of the controls used to monitor workers exposed to risk of internal contamination with actinides. Previous studies have demonstrated the extraction efficiency of these molecules towards uranium and plutonium, the affinity of calix[6]arenes bearing hydroxamic acid groups (LHH3) and carboxylic groups (LCH3) towards americium were studied in this paper by solvent extraction. The results showed that LHH3 and LCH3 have a very good affinity for americium and enhance the possibility of separating Pu from U and Am. Experiments were performed to perfect the separation of U/Am. The immobilisation of these calixarenes on polymer supports was also investigated for routine applications. Supported calixarenes LCH3 and LHH3 presented the same performances as those obtained in a liquid-liquid system and, hence, are a promising system for the analysis of actinides. These molecules and their uses have been protected (patent pending).

  18. Alkali metal cation complexation by 1,3-alternate, mono-ionisable calix[4]arene-benzocrown-6 compounds

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    Surowiec, Malgorzata A.; Custelcean, Radu; Surowiec, Kazimierz; ...

    2014-04-23

    Alkali metal cation extraction behavior for two series of 1,3-alternate, mono-ionizable calix[4]arene-benzocrown-6 compounds is examined. In Series 1, the proton-ionizable group is a substituent on the benzo group of the polyether ring that directs it away from the crown ether cavity. In Series 2, the proton-ionizable group is attached to one para position in the calixarene framework, thus positioning it over the crown ether ring. Competitive solvent extraction of alkali metal cations from aqueous solutions into chloroform shows high Cs+ efficiency and selectivity. Single-species extraction pH profiles of Cs+ for Series 1 and 2 ligands with the same proton-ionizable groupmore » are very similar. Thus, association of Cs+ with the calixcrown ring is more important than the the proton-ionizable group’s position in relation to the crown ether cavity. Solid-state structures are presented for two unionized ligands from Series 2, as is a crystal containing two different ionized ligand–Cs+ complexes.« less

  19. Molecular tectonics: anion control of dimensionality and connectivity in meta-pyridyl appended tetramercaptotetrathiacalix[4]arene based silver coordination networks.

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    Ovsyannikov, A; Ferlay, S; Solovieva, S E; Antipin, I S; Konovalov, A I; Kyritsakas, N; Hosseini, M W

    2014-01-07

    The combination of the same organic tecton 1, a meta-pyridyl appended tetramercaptotetrathiacalix[4]arene in 1,3-alternate conformation offering four pyridyl units and eight thioether groups, with three silver salts AgX (X = BF4(-), NO3(-) and SbF6(-)) leads, under identical conditions (concentration, temperature and solvent system), to the formation of different silver coordination networks. Both the connectivity and the dimensionality of the three silver coordination networks depend on the nature of the anion used as a counter ion. Whereas the weakly coordinating BF4(-) anion does not participate in the formation of the non-tubular 1D coordination network, the coordinating NO3(-) anion is bound to the metal cation and this leads to the formation of a tubular 1D silver coordination network. In both cases, the eight S atoms of the tecton 1 do not take part in the binding of the cation. In marked contrast, when the SbF6(-) anion is used as a counter ion, the organic tecton 1 behaves as a tetrakismonodentate through its four meta-pyridyl moieties and as a bischelating unit of the SCCS type leading thus to the formation of a porous 3D diamondoid-type network.

  20. Photo-driven redox-neutral decarboxylative carbon-hydrogen trifluoromethylation of (hetero)arenes with trifluoroacetic acid

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    Lin, Jin; Li, Zhi; Kan, Jian; Huang, Shijun; Su, Weiping; Li, Yadong

    2017-01-01

    Catalytic oxidative C–H bond functionalization reactions that proceed without requiring stoichiometric amounts of external oxidants or pre-functionalized oxidizing reagents could maximize the atom- and step-economy in chemical syntheses. However, such a transformation remains elusive. Here, we report that a photo-driven catalytic process enables decarboxylative C–H trifluoromethylation of (hetero)arenes with trifluoroacetic acid as a trifluoromethyl source in good yields in the presence of an external oxidant in far lower than stoichiometric amounts (for example, 0.2 equivalents of Na2S2O8) using Rh-modified TiO2 nanoparticles as a photocatalyst, in which H2 release is an important driving force for the reaction. Our findings not only provide an approach to accessing valuable decarboxylative C–H trifluoromethylations via activation of abundant but inert trifluoroacetic acid towards oxidative decarboxylation and trifluoromethyl radical formation, but also demonstrate that a photo-driven catalytic process is a promising way to achieve external oxidant-free C–H functionalization reactions. PMID:28165474

  1. Visual determination of aliphatic diamines based on host-guest recognition of calix[4]arene derivatives capped gold nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Yangyang; Zhang, Jiangjiang; Gao, Yanmin; Lee, Jaebeom; Chen, Hongxia; Yin, Yongmei

    2015-10-15

    Since amine compounds have been widespread pollutants in nature and they are extensively used in pharmaceutical industries and dye manufacturing, it is highly desirable to develop simple, effective and naked-eye available analytical methods for such aliphatic diamines determination. Calixarenes as macrocycles have drawn intensive interests for fields such as biomedicine, supramolecular chemistry and smart materials. Here, instead of the normal complicated modification strategy, a facile and efficient method for one-pot synthesis of calix[4]arene crown ether (CCE4) capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is proposed. The as-prepared CCE4-AuNPs are not only high water dispersity and stability even after storage for 3 months, but also capable of host-guest recognition of diamines in aqueous systems. Size-selective encapsulation of amine group between CCE4 and diamines carry out the aggregation of CCE4-AuNPs. The determination of diamines such as hexamethylenediamine or spermine can be realized by the UV-vis absorbance change and visual color difference.

  2. New water soluble Hg2 + selective fluorescent calix[4]arenes: Synthesis and application in living cells imaging

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    Oguz, Mehmet; Bhatti, Asif Ali; Karakurt, Serdar; Aktas, Mehmet; Yilmaz, Mustafa

    2017-01-01

    The present study demonstrates the synthesis of water-soluble fluorescent calix[4]arenes (6 and 7) and its application in living cell imaging for Hg2 + detection at a low level. The synthesized fluorescent ligands 6 and 7 were characterized by 1H NMR technique. The fluorescent study showed both water soluble ligands were Hg2 + selective and follow photo-induced electron transfer (PET) process. From the fluorimeter titration experiment detection limit was calculated as 1.14 × 10- 5 and 3.42 × 10- 5 for ligand 6 and 7, respectively. From the Benesi-Hildebrand plot binding constant values were evaluated as 666.7 and 733.3 M- 1 for 6 and 7, respectively. The interactions between ligands 6 and 7 and Hg2 + were also demonstrated in living cells, SW-620, using Fluorescent Cell Imager. While ligands 6 and 7 alone show fluorescent properties, they loss their action with the presence of Hg2 + in SW-620 cells.

  3. Synthesis and adsorption properties of p-sulfonated calix[4 and 6]arene-intercalated layered double hydroxides

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    Sasaki, Satoru; Aisawa, Sumio; Hirahara, Hidetoshi; Sasaki, Akira; Nakayama, Hirokazu; Narita, Eiichi . E-mail: enarita@iwate-u.ac.jp

    2006-04-15

    The intercalation of water-soluble p-sulfonated calix[4 and 6]arene (CS4 and CS6) in the interlayer of the Mg-Al and Zn-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) by the coprecipitation method has been investigated, as well as the adsorption properties of the resulting CS/LDHs for benzyl alcohol (BA) and p-nitrophenol (NP) to prepare new microporous organic-inorganic hybrid adsorbents. The amount and arrangement of CS intercalated was different by the kind of the host metal ions. CS4 cavity axis was perpendicular for the Mg-Al LDH basal layer and parallel for the Zn-Al LDH basal layer, while CS6 cavity axis was perpendicular for both the LDH basal layers. In the BET surface area measurement, the surface area of the Zn-Al/CS4/LDH was four times than that of the Mg-Al/CS4/LDH, expecting that the former has higher adsorption capacity than the latter. In fact, the adsorption ability of the CS/LDHs for BA and NP in aqueous solution was found to be larger in the Zn-Al/CS4/LDH than in the Mg-Al/CS4/LDH. In addition, the adsorption ability of both the LDHs was larger in the CS6/LDHs than in the CS4/LDHs. These results were explained by the difference in the amount and arrangement of CS intercalated in the LDH interlayer space.

  4. Extraction of Cesium by a Calix[4]arene-Crown-6 Ether Bearing a Pendant amine Group

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    Harmon, Ben; Ensor, Dale; Delmau, Laetitia Helene; Moyer, Bruce A

    2007-01-01

    The goal of this work was to evaluate the role of the amino group of 5-aminomethylcalix[4]arene-[bis-4-(2-ethylhexyl)benzo-crown-6] (AMBEHB) in the extraction of cesium from acidic and basic mixtures of sodium nitrate and other concentrated salts. The extraction of cesium from nitrate media was measured as a function of extractant concentration, nitrate concentration, cesium concentration, and pH over the range 1-13. The initial studies showed a moderate decrease in the extraction of cesium in acidic media, which indicated the binding of cesium by the calixarene-crown was weakened by the protonation of the amine group. The results also indicated that a 1:1:1 Cs-ligand-nitrate complex is formed in the organic phase. To further evaluate AMBEHB, the empirical data were mathematically modeled to determine the formation constants of the complexes formed in the organic phase. The resulting formation constants showed that the attachment of the amine group to the calixarene-crown molecule reduced the binding stability for the cesium ion upon contact with an acidic solution. This supports the hypothesis of charge repulsion as the basis for more efficient stripping of cesium via pH-switching.

  5. Free energies of CO2/H-2 capture by p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene. A molecular dynamics study

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    Daschbach, John L.; Thallapally, Praveen K.; Atwood, Jerry L.; McGrail, B. Peter; Dang, Liem X.

    2007-09-14

    The interactions of CO2/H2 with p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene (TBC4) were studied using potential of mean force (PMF) and free energy perturbation approaches. The computed PMFs for the interaction of CO2/H2 with a single TBC4 molecule establish that the interaction of CO2 with the open end of the cage structure is attractive while interaction with H2 is not. Free energy perturbation calculations were performed for the same two guest molecules with a pair of facing TBC4 molecules used as a representative model as found in the TBC4 molecular solid. At low temperature both CO2/H2 have favorable interactions with the TBC4 pair with the CO2 interaction considerably larger. These results are in agreement with recent experimental data showing considerable CO2 uptake by TBC4 at moderate pressures. This work was performed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and was supported by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). PNNL is operated by Battelle for the DOE.

  6. Photo-driven redox-neutral decarboxylative carbon-hydrogen trifluoromethylation of (hetero)arenes with trifluoroacetic acid

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    Lin, Jin; Li, Zhi; Kan, Jian; Huang, Shijun; Su, Weiping; Li, Yadong

    2017-02-01

    Catalytic oxidative C-H bond functionalization reactions that proceed without requiring stoichiometric amounts of external oxidants or pre-functionalized oxidizing reagents could maximize the atom- and step-economy in chemical syntheses. However, such a transformation remains elusive. Here, we report that a photo-driven catalytic process enables decarboxylative C-H trifluoromethylation of (hetero)arenes with trifluoroacetic acid as a trifluoromethyl source in good yields in the presence of an external oxidant in far lower than stoichiometric amounts (for example, 0.2 equivalents of Na2S2O8) using Rh-modified TiO2 nanoparticles as a photocatalyst, in which H2 release is an important driving force for the reaction. Our findings not only provide an approach to accessing valuable decarboxylative C-H trifluoromethylations via activation of abundant but inert trifluoroacetic acid towards oxidative decarboxylation and trifluoromethyl radical formation, but also demonstrate that a photo-driven catalytic process is a promising way to achieve external oxidant-free C-H functionalization reactions.

  7. Impact of the uranium (VI) speciation in mineralised urines on its extraction by calix[6]arene bearing hydroxamic groups used in chromatography columns.

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    Baghdadi, S; Bouvier-Capely, C; Ritt, A; Peroux, A; Fevrier, L; Rebiere, F; Agarande, M; Cote, G

    2015-11-01

    Actinides determination in urine samples is part of the analyses performed to monitor internal contamination in case of an accident or a terrorist attack involving nuclear matter. Mineralisation is the first step of any of these analyses. It aims at reducing the sample volume and at destroying all organic compounds present. The mineralisation protocol is usually based on a wet ashing step, followed by actinides co-precipitation and a furnace ashing step, before redissolution and the quantification of the actinides by the appropriate techniques. Amongst the existing methods to perform the actinides co-precipitation, alkali-earth (typically calcium) precipitation is widely used. In the present work, the extraction of uranium(VI), plutonium(IV) and americium(III) from the redissolution solutions (called "mineralised urines") on calix[6]arene columns bearing hydroxamic groups was investigated as such an extraction is a necessary step before their determination by ICP-MS or alpha spectrometry. Difficulties were encountered in the transfer of uranium(VI) from raw to mineralised urines, with yield of transfer ranging between 0% and 85%, compared to about 90% for Pu and Am, depending on the starting raw urines. To understand the origin of such a difficulty, the speciation of uranium (VI) in mineralised urines was investigated by computer simulation using the MEDUSA software and the associated HYDRA database, compiled with recently published data. These calculations showed that the presence of phosphates in the "mineralised urines" leads to the formation of strong uranyl-phosphate complexes (such as UO2HPO4) which compete with the uranium (VI) extraction by the calix[6]arene bearing hydroxamic groups. The extraction constant of uranium (VI) by calix[6]arene bearing hydroxamic groups was determined in a 0.04 mol L(-1) sodium nitrate solution (logK=4.86±0.03) and implemented in an extraction model taking into account the speciation in the aqueous phase. This model allowed to

  8. Computational Analysis of a Zn-Bound Tris(imidazolyl) Calix[6]arene Aqua Complex: Toward Incorporating Second-Coordination Sphere Effects into Carbonic Anhydrase Biomimetics.

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    Koziol, Lucas; Essiz, Sebnem G; Wong, Sergio E; Lau, Edmond Y; Valdez, Carlos A; Satcher, Joe H; Aines, Roger D; Lightstone, Felice C

    2013-03-12

    Molecular dynamics simulations and quantum-mechanical calculations were performed to characterize a supramolecular tris(imidazolyl) calix[6]arene Zn(2+) aqua complex, as a biomimetic model for the catalyzed hydration of carbon dioxide to bicarbonate, H2O + CO2 → H(+) + HCO3(-). On the basis of potential-of-mean-force (PMF) calculations, stable conformations had distorted 3-fold symmetry and supported either one or zero encapsulated water molecules. The conformation with an encapsulated water molecule is calculated to be lower in free energy than the conformation with an empty cavity (ΔG = 1.2 kcal/mol) and is the calculated free-energy minimum in solution. CO2 molecule partitioning into the cavity is shown to be very facile, proceeding with a barrier of 1.6 kcal/mol from a weak encounter complex which stabilizes the species by about 1.0 kcal/mol. The stabilization energy of CO2 is calculated to be larger than that of H2O (ΔΔG = 1.4 kcal/mol), suggesting that the complex will preferentially encapsulate CO2 in solution. In contrast, the PMF for a bicarbonate anion entering the cavity is calculated to be repulsive in all nonbonding regions of the cavity, due to the diameter of the calix[6]arene walls. Geometry optimization of the Zn-bound hydroxide complex with an encapsulated CO2 molecule showed that multiple noncovalent interactions direct the reactants into optimal position for nucleophilic addition to occur. The calixarene complex is a structural mimic of the hydrophilic/hydrophobic divide in the enzyme, providing a functional effect for CO2 addition in the catalytic cycle. The results show that Zn-binding calix[6]arene scaffolds can be potential synthetic biomimetics for CO2 hydration catalysis, both in terms of preferentially encapsulating CO2 from solution and by spatially fixing the reactive species inside the cavity.

  9. Supramolecular chemistry of p-sulfonatocalix[5] arene: A water-soluble, bowl-shaped host with a large molecular cavity

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    Steed, J.W.; Johnson, C.P.; Barnes, C.L.; Kuneja, R.K.; Atwood, J.L.; Reilly, S.; Hollis, R.L.; Smith, P.H.; Clark, D.L.

    1995-11-22

    The first X-ray crystallographic studies are reported for water-soluble inclusion complexes of the macrocyclic p-sulfonatocalix[5]arene (1b). The complexes Na{sub 7} [p-sulfonatocalix[5]arene].18H{sub 2}O (2) and Na{sub 5} [p-sulfonatocalix]5[arene].py-N-O.8.5H{sub 2}O (3) containing water and pyridine N-oxide (py-N-O) guest species have been isolated. In 2 the large bowl-shaped cavity of the host molecule is occupied by a total of three water molecules, while for 3 a single molecule of pyridine N-oxide is included and interacts with the host via a strong hydrogen bond to a protonated sulfonate substituent. The behavior of 1b as a ligand for a number of lanthanide elements is also reported. Low temperature X-ray structural studies reveal that coordination of the Ln{sup 3+} metal ions to the calixarene ligand occurs exclusively via the sulfonato functionalities and not the phenolic oxygen atoms as suggested by Shinkai et al. for the complexation of UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} by lb. In complex 2 the calixarene exists as the heptaanion. In contrast, crystallization from acidic solution results in complexes 3-8 retaining all their phenolic protons. The protonation constants of 1b have been measured in aqueous solution: pK{sub a} = 10.96(8), 7. 63(5), and 4.31(1) at 25{degree}C and 0.1 M KNO{sub 3}. 24 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  10. Binding of monovalent metal cations by the p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene: experimental evidence for cation-pi interactions in water.

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    Morel, Jean-Pierre; Morel-Desrosiers, Nicole

    2006-02-07

    Gibbs free energies, enthalpies and entropies for the binding of Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+, Ag+, Tl+ and NH4+ by the p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene in water are determined by microcalorimetry. Whereas no significant heat effect is detected with Na+ or Ag+, suggesting that these cations are not complexed, weak but selective binding is observed with the other cations. The whole set of thermodynamic parameters, which demonstrate that the cations bind inside the cavity of the calixarene, evidence the importance of the cation-pi interactions for these complexes in water.

  11. A Simple Tetraminocalix[4]arene as a Highly Efficient Catalyst Under "on-Water Conditions" Through Hydrophobic Amplification of Weak Hydrogen-Bonds.

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    De Rosa, Margherita; La Manna, Pellegrino; Soriente, Annunziata; Gaeta, Carmine; Talotta, Carmen; Hickey, Neal; Geremia, Silvano; Neri, Placido

    2017-03-27

    The simple tetraminocalix[4]arene 1, bearing weak H-bond donor NH2 groups, is a highly efficient organocatalyst for the Vinylogous Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction (VMAR) of 2-(trimethylsilyloxy)furan 5 with α-ketoesters 6a-l under "on-water conditions", thanks to the hydrophobic amplification of weak interactions. The catalytic efficiency of calixarene catalyst 1 is closely related to its recognition abilities toward the reactants 5 and 6 through a multipoint recognition model. The proposed model provides good explanations for the differences on the reaction rate acceleration and on the stereoselectivity observed with different substrates.

  12. A Zn2+ specific triazole based calix[4]arene conjugate (L) as a fluorescence sensor for histidine and cysteine in HEPES buffer milieu.

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    Pathak, Rakesh Kumar; Tabbasum, Khatija; Rai, Ankit; Panda, Dulal; Rao, Chebrolu Pulla

    2012-09-07

    A highly fluorescent Zn(2+) complex of the triazole linked salicyl-imino-thiophenyl conjugate of calix[4]arene, [ZnL] has been demonstrated to be a chemo-sensing ensemble for the recognition of His and Cys among the naturally occurring amino acids in HEPES buffer milieu. The recognition behaviour of the [ZnL] towards these amino acids has been shown on the basis of fluorescence, absorption and visual fluorescent colour changes. The species of recognition were shown by ESI MS titrations, AFM & TEM microscopy and cell studies.

  13. Calix[4]arene decorated with four Tn antigen glycomimetic units and P3CS immunoadjuvant: synthesis, characterization, and anticancer immunological evaluation.

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    Geraci, Corrada; Consoli, Grazia M L; Galante, Eva; Bousquet, Ennio; Pappalardo, Maria; Spadaro, Angelo

    2008-03-01

    A novel anticancer vaccine candidate built on a nonpeptidic scaffold has been synthesized. Four S-Tn tumor-associated glycomimetic antigens have been clustered onto a calix[4]arene scaffold bearing an immunoadjuvant moiety (P3CS). The immunogenicity of the synthetic construct has been investigated by immunization of mice in vivo. ELISA assay has evidenced that the tetravalent construct stimulates a higher production of anti-Tn antigen IgG antibodies when compared to an analogous monovalent compound. This result is ascribable to an antigen cluster effect and makes the reported vaccine candidate a good mimic of the natural motifs present on the mucine surface.

  14. Rare-earth metal π-complexes of reduced arenes, alkenes, and alkynes: bonding, electronic structure, and comparison with actinides and other electropositive metals.

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    Huang, Wenliang; Diaconescu, Paula L

    2015-09-21

    Rare-earth metal complexes of reduced π ligands are reviewed with an emphasis on their electronic structure and bonding interactions. This perspective discusses reduced carbocyclic and acyclic π ligands; in certain categories, when no example of a rare-earth metal complex is available, a closely related actinide analogue is discussed. In general, rare-earth metals have a lower tendency to form covalent interactions with π ligands compared to actinides, mainly uranium. Despite predominant ionic interactions in rare-earth chemistry, covalent bonds can be formed with reduced carbocyclic ligands, especially multiply reduced arenes.

  15. Synthesis of novel p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene Schiff bases and their complexes with C60, potential HIV-Protease inhibitors

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    Khadra, Khalid Abu; Mizyed, Shehadeh; Marji, Deeb; Haddad, Salim F.; Ashram, Muhammad; Foudeh, Ayat

    2015-02-01

    Some p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene Schiff base crown ethers were synthesized, characterized using 1H, 13C-NMR, DEPT 135 and Mass spectrometry. Their complexes with C60 were isolated and characterized. The inhibition effect of these complexes on HIVP was studied and found that complexes of 9 and 10 have comparable Ki values to Pepstatine which is known as HIVP inhibitor and used as a control. The synthesis of the ligands, complexes and the inhibition behavior are discussed in this article.

  16. Fluorinated arene, imide and unsaturated pyrrolidinone based donor acceptor conjugated polymers: Synthesis, structure-property and device studies

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    Liyanage, Arawwawala Don Thilanga

    After the discovery of doped polyacetylene, organic semiconductor materials are widely studied as high impending active components in consumer electronics. They have received substantial consideration due to their potential for structural tailoring, low cost, large area and mechanically flexible alternatives to common inorganic semiconductors. To acquire maximum use of these materials, it is essential to get a strong idea about their chemical and physical nature. Material chemist has an enormous role to play in this novel area, including development of efficient synthetic methodologies and control the molecular self-assembly and (opto)-electronic properties. The body of this thesis mainly focuses on the substituent effects: how different substituents affect the (opto)-electronic properties of the donor-acceptor (D-A) conjugated polymers. The main priority goes to understand, how different alkyl substituent effect to the polymer solubility, crystallinity, thermal properties (e.g.: glass transition temperature) and morphological order. Three classes of D-A systems were extensively studied in this work. The second chapter mainly focuses on the synthesis and structure-property study of fluorinated arene (TFB) base polymers. Here we used commercially available 1,4-dibromo-2,3,5,6-tetrafluorobenzene (TFB) as the acceptor material and prepare several polymers using 3,3'-dialkyl(3,3'-R2T2) or 3,3'-dialkoxy bithiophene (3,3'-RO2T2) units as electron donors. A detail study was done using 3,3'-bithiophene donor units incorporating branched alkoxy-functionalities by systematic variation of branching position and chain length. The study allowed disentangling the branching effects on (i) aggregation tendency, intermolecular arrangement, (iii) solid state optical energy gaps, and (iv) electronic properties in an overall consistent picture, which might guide future polymer synthesis towards optimized materials for opto-electronic applications. The third chapter mainly focused on

  17. Arene guest selectivity and pore flexibility in a metal–organic framework with semi-fluorinated channel walls

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    Smith, Rebecca; Vitórica-Yrezábal, Iñigo J.; Hill, Adrian

    2017-01-01

    A metal–organic framework (MOF) with one-dimensional channels of approximately hexagonal cross-section [Ag2(O2CCF2CF2CO2)(TMP)] 1 (TMP =2,3,5,6-tetramethylpyrazine) has been synthesized with MeOH filling the channels in its as-synthesized form as [Ag2(O2CCF2CF2CO2)(TMP)]·n(MeOH) 1-MeOH (n = 1.625 by X-ray crystallography). The two types of ligand connect columns of Ag(I) centres in an alternating manner, both around the channels and along their length, leading to an alternating arrangement of hydrocarbon (C–H) and fluorocarbon (C–F) groups lining the channel walls, with the former groups projecting further into the channel than the latter. MeOH solvent in the channels can be exchanged for a variety of arene guests, ranging from xylenes to tetrafluorobenzene, as confirmed by gas chromatography, 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and 13C cross-polarization magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy. Alkane and perfluoroalkane guests, however, do not enter the channels. Although exhibiting some stability under a nitrogen atmosphere, sufficient to enable crystal structure determination, the evacuated MOF 1 is unstable for periods of more than minutes under ambient conditions or upon heating, whereupon it undergoes an irreversible solid-state transformation to a non-porous polymorph 2, which comprises Ag2(O2CCF2CF2CO2) coordination layers that are pillared by TMP ligands. This transformation has been followed in situ by powder X-ray diffraction and shown to proceed via a crystalline intermediate. This article is part of the themed issue ‘Coordination polymers and metal–organic frameworks: materials by design’. PMID:27895259

  18. The transfection efficiency of calix[4]arene-based lipids: the role of the alkyl chain length.

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    Mochizuki, Shinichi; Nishina, Koichi; Fujii, Shota; Sakurai, Kazuo

    2015-02-01

    The size, surface charge, and microstructure of lipoplexes comprising cationic lipids and nucleic acids are important factors for transfection efficiency. As these properties are largely determined by the cationic lipids used, a number of studies on the relationship between cationic lipids and the transfection efficiency have been reported. Among the many cationic lipids, lipids with multivalent cationic head groups are expected to be potent transfection reagents. Here, we prepared calix[4]arene-based lipids with different alkyl chain lengths from C3 to C15 and evaluated the relationship between the alkyl chain length and the transfection efficiency. C6 lipoplexes exhibited the highest transfection efficiency among all lipoplexes. The gene expression with C9 and C12 lipoplexes was slightly lower than that with C6 lipoplexes. C3 lipoplexes hardly induced gene expression, while C15 lipoplexes exhibited no complexation with plasmid DNA. Although all lipoplexes exhibited nearly identical characteristics, they exhibited different behaviours in terms of the interactions between the lipoplexes and anionic micelles comprising phosphatidylserine, a model of endosomal vehicle. After mixing with phosphatidylserine micelles, C6 lipoplexes released the bound plasmid DNA at pH 5 but not at pH 7, indicating that they can interact with the late endosomal membrane after being incorporated into cells. No plasmid DNA was released from C9 or C12 lipoplexes at either pH values. Thus, the alkyl chain length of cationic lipids is related to their interaction with the endosomal compartment and can provide a basis for the design of novel transfection reagents.

  19. Interfacial Recognition of Acetylcholine by an Amphiphilic p-Sulfonatocalix[8]arene Derivative Incorporated into Dimyristoyl Phosphatidylcholine Vesicles

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    Jin, Takashi; Fujii, Fumihiko; Ooi, Yasuhiro

    2008-01-01

    Dodecyl ether derivatives 1-3 of p-sulfonatocalix[n]arene were incorporated into dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles, and their binding abilities for acetylcholine (ACh) were examined by using steady-state fluorescence/fluorescence anisotropy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). For the detection of ACh binding to the DMPC vesicles containing 5 mol % of 1-3, competitive fluorophore displacement experiments were performed, where rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) was used as a fluorescent guest. The addition of Rh6G to the DMPC vesicles containing 3 resulted in a decrease in the fluorescence intensity of Rh6G with an increase of its fluorescence anisotropy, indicating that Rh6G binds to the DMPC-3 vesicles. In the case of DMPC-1 and DMPC-2 vesicles, significant changes in the fluorescence spectra of Rh6G were not observed. When ACh was added to the DMPC-3 vesicles in the presence of Rh6G ([3]/[Rh6G]=100), the fluorescence intensity of Rh6G increased with a decrease in its fluorescence anisotropy. From the analysis of fluorescence titration data, the association constants were determined to be 7.1×105 M-1 for Rh6G-3 complex and 1.1×102 M-1 for ACh-3 complex at the DMPC-3 vesicles. To get a direct evidence for the binding of Rh6G and its displacement by ACh at the DMPC-3 vesicles, diffusion times of the Rh6G were measured by using FCS. Binding selectivity of the DMPC-3 vesicles for ACh, choline, GABA, l-aspartic acid,l-glutamic acid, l-arginine, l-lysine, l-histamine and ammonium chloride was also evaluated using FCS. PMID:27873899

  20. Dioxygen activation at a mononuclear Cu(I) center embedded in the calix[6]arene-tren core.

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    Izzet, Guillaume; Zeitouny, Joceline; Akdas-Killig, Huriye; Frapart, Yves; Ménage, Stéphane; Douziech, Bénédicte; Jabin, Ivan; Le Mest, Yves; Reinaud, Olivia

    2008-07-23

    The reaction of a cuprous center coordinated to a calix[6]arene-based aza-cryptand with dioxygen has been studied. In this system, Cu(I) is bound to a tren unit that caps the calixarene core at the level of the small rim. As a result, although protected from the reaction medium by the macrocycle, the metal center presents a labile site accessible to small guest ligands. Indeed, in the presence of O2, it reacts in a very fast and irreversible redox process, leading, ultimately, to Cu(II) species. In the coordinating solvent MeCN, a one electron exchange occurs, yielding the corresponding [CalixtrenCu-MeCN](2+) complex with concomitant release of superoxide in the reaction medium. In a noncoordinating solvent such as CH2Cl2, the dioxygen reaction leads to oxygen insertions into the ligand itself. Both reactions are proposed to proceed through the formation of a superoxide-Cu(II) intermediate that is unstable in the Calixtren environment due to second sphere effects. The transiently formed superoxide ligand either undergoes fast substitution for a guest ligand (in MeCN) or intramolecular redox evolutions toward oxygenation of Calixtren. Interestingly, the latter process was shown to occur twice on the same ligand, thus demonstrating a possible catalytic activation of O2 at a single cuprous center. Altogether, this study illustrates the oxidizing power of a [CuO2](+) adduct and substantiates a mechanism by which copper mono-oxygenases such as DbetaH and PHM activate O2 at the Cu(M) center to produce such an intermediate capable of C-H breaking before the electron input provided by the noncoupled Cu(H) center.

  1. Recognition of bio-relevant dicarboxylate anions by an azacalix[2]arene[2]triazine derivative decorated with urea moieties.

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    Santos, Miguel M; Marques, Igor; Carvalho, Sílvia; Moiteiro, Cristina; Félix, Vítor

    2015-03-14

    A new dichloroazacalix[2]arene[2]triazine receptor (1) with two chiral urea binding moieties is reported. The binding affinity of this macrocycle was evaluated by (1)H NMR titrations in CDCl3 for the dicarboxylate anions oxalate (ox(2-)), malonate (mal(2-)), succinate (suc(2-)), glutarate (glu(2-)), diglycolate (dg(2-)), fumarate (fum(2-)), maleate (male(2-)), and (R,R)- and (S,S)-tartarate (tart(2-)) enantiomers. Among the first five linear anions, the higher association constants were calculated for the larger anions glu(2-) and dg(2-) and for the smallest anion ox(2-), with Kass values following the sequence dg(2-) > glu(2-) > ox(2-) > suc(2-) > mal(2-). Despite the high binding affinity 1 of for both tart(2-) enantiomers, no enantioselectivity was observed. By contrast, Kass for fum(2-) is ca. 8.9 times greater than that for male(2-), showing the selectivity of 1 for the trans isomer. These binding preferences were further elucidated by theoretical methods. Molecular dynamics simulations showed that the linear anions are lodged between both pendant arms and that each anion can assume two distinct binding poses, with one or two carboxylate groups establishing intermittent hydrogen bonds with both urea binding units. On the other hand, the recognition of male(2-) ensues in an alternative scenario, characterised by the interaction between a carboxylate group and a single urea binding unit, mirroring the lower experimental binding affinity relatively to fum(2-). A linear increase of the receptor's Nurea···Nurea and the anions' (-)O2C···CO2(-) distances versus experimental Kass was established for mal(2-), suc(2-), glu(2-) and dg(2-) associations, indicating that the match between these two distances determines the anion binding strength. The affinity for ox(2-) was associated with the most negative values of electrostatic potential positioned near carboxylate groups.

  2. Grand canonical Monte Carlo studies of CO2 and CH4 adsorption in p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene.

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    Daschbach, John L; Sun, Xiuquan; Thallapally, Praveen K; McGrail, B Peter; Dang, Liem X

    2010-05-06

    Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations were performed for single component isotherms of CO(2) and CH(4) in the p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene structure. Comparison with literature data for adsorption used the Peng-Robinson equation of state to map simulated fugacities to experimentally determined pressures. CO(2) binding in the high-pressure structure of TBC4 (TBC4-H) occurs in two distinct waves. The cage sites in TBC4 completely fill up, followed by the filling of interstitial sites, resulting in the sum of two Langmuir isotherms being the best way to describe the total absorption isotherms. Our simulation results capture the essential experimental feature that the cage sites are the major contributor to the absorption isotherms, and the contribution of interstitial sites are significantly less. We found that CH(4) does not exhibit the same two-site binding characteristic and has a smaller temperature dependence, which arises from a smaller negative entropy change upon absorption compared with the case for CO(2). Our calculations give higher binding than observed experimentally for the cage site but lower binding for the interstitial site. We also demonstrate that by rescaling the interaction between CO(2) and the lattice, the results can reproduce the experimental data well at low loadings. The rescaled potentials are within the range found in other studies. This makes the discrepancy between experiment and simulation at high loadings greater, which is unexpected for this system. It is postulated that the simulation points to structural changes or defects being partially responsible for the relatively higher absorption found experimentally.

  3. Closed to Open-System Crustal-level Differentiation During Eruption of Andesite: Arenal, Costa Rica, 1968-2003

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    Gill, J.; Ryder, C.; Tepley, F.; Ramos, F.

    2004-12-01

    Arenal volcano has erupted ˜ 0.5 km3 of medium-K tholeiitic basaltic andesite continuously for >35 years. We report new high precision whole rock major and trace element and Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotope data for >50 samples from throughout the eruption. Lava compositions during the first half of the eruption by volume can be related by ˜ 20% closed system fractional crystallization of the phenocryst minerals (Opx>Plag>Cpx>Mt) with Σ r2 = 0.01 for major elements, and acceptable D's for all trace elements. Ratios of isotopes and incompatible trace elements are constant. MELTS models best approximate this at water-undersaturated conditions: P=4 kb, T=1190oC, H2O = 2.5 wt%, and fO2 = QFM+2. The match of melt and mineral compositions is imperfect, but results can be reconciled qualitatively by polybaric crystallization extending to water-saturated conditions at <3 km. The differentiates erupted first from the shallowest part of the storage system and progressed to less differentiated compositions. Differentiation processes subsequently changed. Although some differentiation indices have returned to or exceeded initial values, compatible elements have remained constant or declined only slightly, and Pb isotope and initially-constant trace element ratios have changed. The change has been continuous in some cases but lasted for only several years in others (Pb isotopes, Th/U, Pb/Ce). In all cases, the more recent magmas have less of a ``subduction signature'' (lower Ba/La, Pb/Ce, excess 238U). We attribute these trends to an evolving balance between recharge, crystallization, and eruption. The recharging magma reflects less flux melting of an isotopically similar source that is transitional between that of central Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

  4. Arene guest selectivity and pore flexibility in a metal-organic framework with semi-fluorinated channel walls

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    Smith, Rebecca; Vitórica-Yrezábal, Iñigo J.; Hill, Adrian; Brammer, Lee

    2017-01-01

    A metal-organic framework (MOF) with one-dimensional channels of approximately hexagonal cross-section [Ag2(O2CCF2CF2CO2)(TMP)] 1 (TMP =2,3,5,6-tetramethylpyrazine) has been synthesized with MeOH filling the channels in its as-synthesized form as [Ag2(O2CCF2CF2CO2)(TMP)]·n(MeOH) 1-MeOH (n = 1.625 by X-ray crystallography). The two types of ligand connect columns of Ag(I) centres in an alternating manner, both around the channels and along their length, leading to an alternating arrangement of hydrocarbon (C-H) and fluorocarbon (C-F) groups lining the channel walls, with the former groups projecting further into the channel than the latter. MeOH solvent in the channels can be exchanged for a variety of arene guests, ranging from xylenes to tetrafluorobenzene, as confirmed by gas chromatography, 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and 13C cross-polarization magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy. Alkane and perfluoroalkane guests, however, do not enter the channels. Although exhibiting some stability under a nitrogen atmosphere, sufficient to enable crystal structure determination, the evacuated MOF 1 is unstable for periods of more than minutes under ambient conditions or upon heating, whereupon it undergoes an irreversible solid-state transformation to a non-porous polymorph 2, which comprises Ag2(O2CCF2CF2CO2) coordination layers that are pillared by TMP ligands. This transformation has been followed in situ by powder X-ray diffraction and shown to proceed via a crystalline intermediate. This article is part of the themed issue 'Coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks: materials by design'.

  5. Membrane activity of tetra-p-guanidinoethylcalix[4]arene as a possible reason for its antibacterial properties.

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    Sautrey, Guillaume; Orlof, Monika; Korchowiec, Beata; de Vains, Jean-Bernard Regnouf; Rogalska, Ewa

    2011-12-22

    Tetra-p-guanidinoethylcalix[4]arene trifluoroacetate salt (CX1) was synthesized recently as an antibacterial agent. It showed to be active in vitro against various Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. To get more insight in the mechanism of the biological activity of this derivative, it was studied upon interactions with model lipid membranes. Langmuir monolayers were formed with zwitterionic 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine or 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine, and with anionic 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-rac-(1-glycerol) and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine. The two classes of lipids were used, respectively, as model lipids of the eukaryotic and bacterial cell membranes. The monolayers were exposed to CX1 at different concentrations around the minimum inhibitory concentration found for E. coli . The surface pressure-area and surface potential-area compression isotherms, as well as Brewster angle microscopy and polarization-modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy, were employed to study the monolayers. The results obtained show a higher affinity of CX1 for the anionic lipids, indicating importance of charge-charge interactions. On the basis of a comparative study of the behavior of CX1 and that of p-guanidinoethylphenol trifluoroacetate salt, we propose that interplay of charge-charge and apolar interactions between CX1 and lipids is responsible for the important reorganization of model membranes. This proposal may be helpful in developing new antibacterial calixarene derivatives.

  6. Array analysis of the seismic wavefield of long-period events and volcanic tremor at Arenal volcano, Costa Rica

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    Almendros, Javier; Abella, Rafael; Mora, Mauricio M.; Lesage, Philippe

    2014-07-01

    We use wavefield decomposition methods (time domain cross correlation and frequency domain multiple-signal classification) to analyze seismic data recorded by a dense, small-aperture array located 2 km West of Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, and operated during 2.5 days. The recorded wavefield is dominated by harmonic tremor and includes also spasmodic tremor and long-period (LP) events. We find that the initial stages of LP events are characterized by three different wave arrivals. These arrivals propagate with similar back azimuths pointing to the volcano summit (˜80°N) and increasing apparent slowness of 0.4, 1.1, and 1.7 s/km. Spasmodic tremors cannot be regarded as coherent signals. On the contrary, harmonic tremors are highly coherent, characterized by the stability of the apparent slowness vector estimates. Apparent slowness lays in the range 1-2 s/km. Back azimuths point in the general direction of the volcano but with a large variability (40-120°N). Nevertheless, there are long-term variations and evidences of multiple simultaneous components in the harmonic tremor wavefield. These observations suggest that LP events and tremor are generated in a shallow source area near the volcano summit, although they do not share exactly the same source region or source processes. The tremor source is located in the shallowest part of the plumbing system, beneath the lava crust. This dynamic region is subject to complex fluctuations of the physical conditions. Degassing events at different locations of this region might generate variable seismic radiation patterns. The effects of topography and heterogeneous shallow structure of the volcano may amplify these variations and produce the wide directional span observed for volcanic tremor. On the other hand, the LP source seems to be more repeatable. LP events are likely triggered by fragmentation of the fluid flow in a slightly deeper portion of the volcanic conduits.

  7. Sensing parts per million levels of gaseous NO2 by a optical fiber transducer based on calix[4]arenes.

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    Ohira, Shin-Ichi; Wanigasekara, Eranda; Rudkevich, Dmitry M; Dasgupta, Purnendu K

    2009-03-15

    Calixarenes are interesting building blocks in supramolecular receptor design. They can be easily functionalized to give the desired guest binding and sequestration properties. We demonstrate here the use of simple alkylated calixarenes as novel NO(2) sensors. Upon reacting with gaseous NO(2), alkylated calixarenes form stable calixarene-NO(+) (nitrosonium) complexes that have a deep purple color. This specific and selective formation of the colored complex was used to develop a fiber optic based colorimetric NO(2) sensor. Several alkylated calixarenes are used and tested as sensing materials. The calixarene compound was immobilized on a fine mesh silica-gel coated thin layer chromatography plate. The sensing plate was coupled with a fiber optic based photodetector. Gas samples were sampled in a manner where they impinged on the surface of sensing plate. The light transmission through the plate was continuously monitored. For a 5 min sample, the limit of detection was 0.54 ppmv with 1,3-alternate O-hexyl calix[4]arene (1a). There were no significant response differences between different conformations of calixarenes such as 1,3-alternate or cone. This chemistry can form the basis of a colorimetric sensor that relies on extant filter tape technology. With calixarenes however, such a reaction is potentially reversible - color formed upon reaction with NO(2) can be reversed by flushing the sensing plate by purified air. While we found that the removal of the developed color can be accelerated by simultaneous heating and suction, permitting the reuse of the same sensing area multiple times, we also observed that the sensitivity gradually decreased. The nitrosonium calixarene derivative tends to transform to the nitrated form; this process is catalyzed by light. Several methylated calixarenes were synthesized and tested but a fully satisfactory solution has proven elusive.

  8. Amidofluorene-appended lower rim 1,3-diconjugate of calix[4]arene: synthesis, characterization and highly selective sensor for Cu2+

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    Nemati, Mohammad; Zadmard, Reza; Mohadjerani, Maryam

    2016-01-01

    Summary Functionalization of calix[4]arene with amidofluorene moieties at the lower rim led to formation of the 1,3-diconjugate of calix[4]arene L as a novel fluorescent chemosensor for Cu2+. The receptor molecule L exhibited a pronounced selectivity towards Cu2+ over other mono and divalent ions. The formation of the complex between L and Cu2+ was evaluated by absorption, fluorescence and 1H NMR spectroscopy. The sensor L showed a remarkable color change from colorless to purple and a fluorescence quenching only upon interaction with Cu2+. The 1:1 stoichiometry of the obtained complex has been determined by Job’s plot. The association constant determined by fluorescence titration was found to be 1.8 × 106 M−1. The sensor showed a linear response toward Cu2+ in the concentration range from 1 to 10 µM with a detection limit of 9.6 × 10−8 M. PMID:27559419

  9. Improvement of catalytic activity of Candida rugosa lipase in the presence of calix[4]arene bearing iminodicarboxylic/phosphonic acid complexes modified iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Ozyilmaz, Elif; Bayrakci, Mevlut; Yilmaz, Mustafa

    2016-04-01

    In the present study, iron oxide magnetite nanoparticles, prepared through a co-precipitation method, were coated with phosphonic acid or iminodicarboxylic acid derivatives of calix[4]arene to modulate their surfaces with different acidic groups. Candida rugosa lipase was then directly immobilized onto the modified nanoparticles through sol-gel encapsulation. The catalytic activities and enantioselectivities of the two encapsulated lipases in the hydrolysis reaction of (R/S)-naproxen methyl ester and (R/S)-2-phenoxypropionic acid methyl ester were assessed. The results showed that the activity and enantioselectivity of the lipase were improved when the lipase was encapsulated in the presence of calixarene-based additives; the encapsulated lipase with the phosphonic acid derivative of calix[4]arene had an excellent rate of enantioselectivity against the (R/S)-naproxen methyl and (R/S)-2-phenoxypropionic acid methyl esters, with E=350 and 246, respectively, compared to the free enzyme. The encapsulated lipases (Fe-Calix-N(COOH)) and (Fe-Calix-P) showed good loading ability and little loss of enzyme activity, and the stability of the catalyst was very good; they only lost 6-11% of the enzyme's activity after five batches.

  10. Fluorophores as Chemosensors for Sr(sup 2+) and Cs(sup +) Based on Calix[4]arenes and Coumarin Reporter Groups

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    Gorestzki, Gudrun; Brown, Gilbert M.; Bonnesen, Peter V.

    2003-09-10

    Fluorescent sensors are being developed for Cs + and Sr2+ which combine a molecular recognition element with an optical transduction element. Such sensors will be needed for real-time application in the characterization of nuclear waste and waste process streams. The fluorescent method is very important due to its high sensitivity and direct visual perception even in highly dilute solutions and its potential for remote application utilizing fiber optics. Crown ether bridged calix[4]arenes have been widely used as a three-dimensional platform for selective metal ion recognition. Coumarins show interesting photochemical and photophysical properties and are widely used in laser dye applications. These fluorescence probes increase their dipolar moment when excited. We will report the synthesis of calix[4]arene-crown-6 derivatives possessing 1,3-alternate conformation and incorporating a coumarin based fluorescence reporter group. Selectivity for Sr2+ over Cs + is obtained by using azacrowns and the sensitivity will be determined by varying the donor atom set as well as the substitution pattern of the coumarin.

  11. Potential energy mapping of the excited-states of (η6-arene)Cr(CO)3 complexes: the evolution toward CO-loss or haptotropic shift processes.

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    Long, Conor

    2012-06-28

    The potential energy profiles of the optically accessible excited states of two model (η(6)-arene)Cr(CO)(3) systems were explored using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory. Two photochemical reactions were investigated, CO-loss and the haptotropic or ring-slip of the arene ligand. In both cases the photochemical reaction requires the surmounting of a small thermal barrier in the lowest energy excited state. In the case of (η(6)-benzene)Cr(CO)(3) only one excited state is populated following 400 nm excitation and this leads to the release of CO. The calculated energy barrier to this process is 13 kJ mol(-1). In the case of (η(6)-thiophenol)Cr(CO)(3) two excited states are accessible one leading to CO-loss while the other results in the ring-slip process. The calculated barrier to the ring-slip process is 11 kJ mol(-1). The calculations are consistent with the results of picosecond time-resolved infrared studies.

  12. Development of Conductometric Sensor Based on 25,27-Di-(5-thio-octyloxy)calix[4]arene-crown-6 for Determination of Ammonium

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    Saiapina, O. Y.; Kharchenko, S. G.; Vishnevskii, S. G.; Pyeshkova, V. M.; Kalchenko, V. I.; Dzyadevych, S. V.

    2016-02-01

    The conductometric sensor based on 25,27-di-(5-thio-octyloxy)calix[4]arene-crown-6 was developed for the quantitative analysis of ammonium. The calixarene was immobilized on the surface of the planar interdigitated electrodes by attachment of its dialkyl sulfide groups to the surface of the gold electrodes. The intrinsic ability of the calixarene to capture ammonium was studied in the conductometric measuring mode and by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The developed sensor showed high selectivity to ammonium in the presence of mono-, di-, and trivalent cations. Selective and highly sensitive detection of ammonium resulted from the complexation between the ammonium ions and a crown-ether fragment of the upper rim of the 25,27-di-(5-thio-octyloxy)calix[4]arene-crown-6 macrocycle. The developed sensor had high signal repeatability. Its sensitivity was found to be satisfactory for the forthcoming sensor application in the water-sample analysis; the linear range was 0.01-1.5 mM and limit of detection 10 μM.

  13. Cytochrome P450-catalysed arene-epoxidation of the bioactive tea tree oil ingredient p-cymene: indication for the formation of a reactive allergenic intermediate?

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    Meesters, R J W; Duisken, M; Hollender, J

    2009-09-01

    1. The cytochrome P450-mediated metabolism of the tea tree oil ingredient p-cymene (p-isopropyltoluene) was studied by the application of in vitro enzymatic assays using different recombinant human cytochrome P450 enzymes. 2. In total, four enzymatic products were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The enzymatic products identified were: thymol (2-isopropyl-5-methylphenol), p-isopropylbenzyl alcohol, p,alpha,alpha-trimethylbenzyl alcohol, and p-isopropylbenzaldehyde. 3. The enzymatic products of p-cymene resulted from catalysed enzymatic arene-epoxidation and hydroxylation reactions by the studied cytochrome P450 enzymes. 4. An in vivo study could only confirm the formation of one enzymatic product, namely thymol. Thymol was identified after enzymatic hydrolysis of glucuronide and sulphate conjugates in collected blood and urine samples. 5. The obtained results may help to increase the understanding of cases where skin sensitization and irritation by tea tree oil-containing products that are involved with allergic reactions of users of these products. The results also indicate that skin sensitization and irritation reactions not only can be explained by the frequently in literature reported auto-oxidation of tea tree resulting in bioactive oxidized products, but also now by the formation of epoxide intermediates resulting from catalysed arene-epoxidation reactions by selected human cytochrome P450 enzymes which are also located in different organs in humans.

  14. C(sp(2))-H Borylation of Fluorinated Arenes Using an Air-Stable Cobalt Precatalyst: Electronically Enhanced Site Selectivity Enables Synthetic Opportunities.

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    Obligacion, Jennifer V; Bezdek, Máté J; Chirik, Paul J

    2017-02-22

    Cobalt catalysts with electronically enhanced site selectivity have been developed, as evidenced by the high ortho-to-fluorine selectivity observed in the C(sp(2))-H borylation of fluorinated arenes. Both the air-sensitive cobalt(III) dihydride boryl 4-Me-((iPr)PNP)Co(H)2BPin (1) and the air-stable cobalt(II) bis(pivalate) 4-Me-((iPr)PNP)Co(O2C(t)Bu)2 (2) compounds were effective and exhibited broad functional group tolerance across a wide range of fluoroarenes containing electronically diverse functional groups, regardless of the substitution pattern on the arene. The electronically enhanced ortho-to-fluorine selectivity observed with the cobalt catalysts was maintained in the presence of a benzylic dimethylamine and hydrosilanes, overriding the established directing-group effects observed with precious-metal catalysts. The synthetically useful selectivity observed with cobalt was applied to an efficient synthesis of the anti-inflammatory drug flurbiprofen.

  15. 5,11,17,23,29-Penta-tert-butyl-31,32,33,34,35-penta­propoxycalix[5]arene dichloro­methane hemisolvate

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    Pojarová, Michaela; Dušek, Michal; Budka, Jan; Císařová, Ivana; Makrlík, Emanuel

    2011-01-01

    The title compound, tert-butyl­propoxycalix[5]arene, C70H100O5·0.5CH2Cl2, crystallizes as a solvate with two mol­ecules of calix[5]arene in 1,2-alternate conformations and one mol­ecule of dichloro­methane in the asymmetric unit. One tert-butyl group in one of the mol­ecules and two in the other are disordered over two positions with occupancy factors fixed at 0.5917:0.4083, 0.5901:0.4099 and 0.8535:0.1465, respectively, in the final refinement. The C atoms of a prop­oxy group in each of the mol­ecules are also disordered over two positions with occupancies of 0.7372:0.2628 and 0.5027:0.4973. The mol­ecules form intra­molecular hydrogen bonds between prop­oxy O atoms and an adjacent CH2 group in a neighbouring prop­oxy chain. In the crystal, inter­molecular C—H⋯O and C—H⋯Cl inter­actions occur involving the dichloro­methane mol­ecule. PMID:21522987

  16. Distinct rat hepatic microsomal epoxide hydrolases catalyze the hydration of cholesterol 5,6 alpha-oxide and certain xenobiotic alkene and arene oxides.

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    Levin, W; Michaud, D P; Thomas, P E; Jerina, D M

    1983-02-01

    Metabolism of cholesterol 5,6 alpha-oxide to the 5,6-glycol is catalyzed by a rat liver microsomal epoxide hydrolase that is distinct from the microsomal epoxide hydrolase that metabolizes a wide range of xenobiotic alkene and arene oxides. The two enzymes are antigenically distinct, and the purified microsomal epoxide hydrolase that metabolizes xenobiotic oxides does not catalyze the hydration of cholesterol 5,6 alpha-oxide. In vivo treatment of rats with inducers of microsomal epoxide hydrolase does not enhance the activity of cholesterol 5,6 alpha-oxide hydrolase and, in some cases, actually depresses enzyme activity in the resultant microsomal preparations. Octene 1,2-oxide and benz[a]anthracene 5,6-oxide, both good substrates for xenobiotic epoxide hydrolase, are not competitive inhibitors of cholesterol oxide hydration by rat liver microsomes. The above results establish the existence of a liver microsomal epoxide hydrolase that is under different regulatory control and that appears to have a different substrate specificity than the well-characterized microsomal epoxide hydrolase involved in the metabolism of a widely diverse group of alkene and arene oxides.

  17. BODIPY-modified Ru(II) arene complex--a new ligand dissociation mechanism and a novel strategy to red shift the photoactivation wavelength of anticancer metallodrugs.

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    Zhou, Qian-Xiong; Lei, Wan-Hua; Hou, Yuan-Jun; Chen, Yong-Jie; Li, Chao; Zhang, Bao-Wen; Wang, Xue-Song

    2013-02-28

    A Ru(II) arene complex [(η(6)-p-cymene)Ru(bpy)(py-BODIPY)](PF(6))(2), where bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine and py-BODIPY is a 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene dye containing a pyridine group at the 8-position, was designed and synthesized. BODIPY modification renders the monodentate pyridine ligand with long wavelength absorbing capability, and an absorption maximum at 504 nm. Upon selective irradiation of the absorption band of the py-BODIPY ligand, the dissociation of the monodentate ligand occurs efficiently, followed by substitution by 9-ethylguanine if it is present in the solution. The photoinduced ligand dissociation quantum yield was measured to be 4.1% at 480 nm. The photoinduced electron transfer from the BODIPY chromophore to the Ru(II) arene moiety plays an important role in the ligand dissociation. Such a photosensitization strategy can be utilized to develop novel anticancer metallodrugs that may respond to light in the phototherapeutic window (650-900 nm).

  18. [Protective effect of tiacalix[4]arene-tetrasulphonate on heavy metal inhibition of myometrium myosin subfragment-1 ATP-hydrolase activity].

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    Labyntseva, R D; Bevza, O V; Bevza, A A; Liul'ko, A O; Kharchenko, S H; Kal'chenko, V I; Kosterin, S O

    2014-01-01

    Heavy metals have a negative effect on the contractility of uterine smooth muscles (myometrium), these effects can lead to various pathologies of a women reproductive system. To overcome these effects the methods for correcting the myometrium contractile activity are to be developed. Catalyzed by myosin ATPase ATP hydrolysis is the most important reaction in the molecular mechanism of myometrium contraction. We have found an inhibitory effect of 0.03-0.3 mM Ni2+, Pb2+ and Cd2+ on enzymatic hydrolysis of ATP by myosin subfragment-1 obtained from swine uterine smooth muscles. We have demonstrated that 100 μM thiacalix[4]arene-tetrasulphonate (C-798) recovered to the control level of ATPase activity of myosin subfragment-1 in the presence of heavy metal cations. One of the most probable mechanisms of C-798 corrective activity is based on its ability to chelate heavy metals, thus cations Pb, Cd and Ni can be removed from the incubation medium. Computer simulation has demonstrated that the protective effect of C-798 may also be the result of weakening the interaction of heavy metal ions with amino acid residues of the myosin molecule near the active site of ATP hydrolase. The obtained results can be used for further research aimed at assessing the prospects of thiacalix[4]arene-tetrasulfonate as pharmacological compounds.

  19. 6,12,18,24-Tetra-meth-oxy-4,10,16,22-tetra-kis-[(meth-oxy-carbon-yl)meth-oxy]-2,8,14,20-tetra-kis-(2-phenyl-eth-yl)resorcin[4]arene.

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    Pansuriya, Pramod B; Friedrich, Holger B; Maguire, Glenn E M

    2012-01-01

    The title compound, C(76)H(80)O(16), is a macrocyclic structure. This novel resorcin[4]arene derivative has (meth-oxy-carbon-yl)meth-oxy 'head' groups on the upper rim. The compound has a C(2v) 'boat' geometry and there are a range of C-H⋯O contacts in the crystal structure.

  20. Competition between glutathione and guanine for a ruthenium(II) arene anticancer complex: detection of a sulfenato intermediate.

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    Wang, Fuyi; Xu, Jingjing; Habtemariam, Abraha; Bella, Juraj; Sadler, Peter J

    2005-12-21

    The organometallic anticancer complex [(eta6-bip)Ru(en)Cl]+ (1; bip = biphenyl, en = ethylenediamine) selectively binds to guanine (N7) bases of DNA (Novakova, O.; Chen, H.; Vrana, O.; Rodger, A.; Sadler, P. J.; Brabec, V. Biochemistry 2003, 42, 11544-11554). In this work, competition between the tripeptide glutathione (gamma-L-Glu-L-Cys-Gly; GSH) and guanine (as guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate, cGMP) for complex 1 was investigated using HPLC, LC-MS and 1H,15N NMR spectroscopy. In unbuffered solution (pH ca. 3), the reaction of 1 with GSH gave rise to three intermediates: an S-bound thiolato adduct [(eta6-bip)Ru(en)(GS-S)] (4) and two carboxylate-bound glutathione products [(eta6-bip)Ru(en)(GSH-O)]+ (5, 6) during the early stages (<6 h), followed by en displacement and formation of a tri-GS-bridged dinuclear Ru(II) complex [((eta6-bip)Ru)2(GS-mu-S)3]2- (7). Under physiologically relevant conditions (micromolar Ru concentrations, pH 7, 22 mM NaCl, 310 K), the thiolato complex 4 was unexpectedly readily oxidized by dioxygen to the sulfenato complex [(eta6-bip)Ru(en)(GS(O)-S)] (8) instead of forming the dinuclear complex 7. Under these conditions, competitive reaction of complex 1 with GSH and cGMP gave rise to the cGMP adduct [(eta6-bip)Ru(en)(cGMP-N7)]+ (10) as the major product, accounting for ca. 62% of total Ru after 72 h, even in the presence of a 250-fold molar excess of GSH. The oxidation of coordinated glutathione in the thiolato complex 4 to the sulfenate in 8 appears to provide a facile route for displacement of S-bound glutathione by G N7. Redox reactions of cysteinyl adducts of these Ru(II) arene anticancer complexes could therefore play a significant role in their biological activity.

  1. Different sensing modes of fluoride and acetate based on a calix[4]arene with 25,27-bistriazolylmethylpyrenylacetamides.

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    Hung, Hao-Chih; Chang, Yung-Yu; Luo, Liyang; Hung, Chen-Hsiung; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang; Chung, Wen-Sheng

    2014-02-01

    25,27-Bis{1'-N-(1-pyrenyl)-aminocarbonylmethyl-1H-[1',2',3']tri-azolyl-4'-methoxy}-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene, 4, is synthesized as a fluorescent chemosensor for the selective detection of both anions and ion pairs in MeCN. Sensor 4 uses bis-triazoles as ligands to bind a metal ion, bis-amides and bis-triazoles as the sites to recognize anions, and pyrenes as fluorophores. Among eight anions screened, chemosensor 4 showed a marked fluorescence change toward F(-), H2PO4(-) and AcO(-), but 4 responded to each anion in a distinct way. In the presence of F(-) at low concentrations, the dynamic excimer emission of compound 4 at λ(max) 482 nm was quenched, but an emission at λ(max) 472 nm appeared at large doses of F(-). A control compound 6 showed very similar red shifts in the UV-vis and excitation spectra as 4 did, and its 472 nm emission band grew as the fluoride doses increased. Thus, the growth of the 472 nm emission of 4 and 6 in the presence of excess F(-) may be because strong H-bonding interactions of amido protons with F(-) favoured the formation of pyrene dimers in the ground state with charge transfer characteristics. The addition of H2PO4(-), unlike F(-), to a solution of 4 showed an enhanced monomer emission but a decreased excimer emission (λ(max) 482 nm). Adding AcO(-) to 4 produced a systematic change from a dynamic excimer (λ(max) 482 nm) to λ(max) 472 nm but with very little change in the UV-vis spectrum. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements on compound 6 with F(-) and AcO(-) confirmed that the 472 nm emission band mainly came from static excimers for the former, but was partly from a dynamic excimer for the latter because it contained a growth component in the fluorescence decay traces. Without pre-treatment with an anion, chemosensor 4 showed recognition of only metal ions Cu(2+), Hg(2+) and Cr(3+), but it became sensitive to Ag(+) when it was pretreated with fluoride.

  2. Supramolecular modeling of mono-copper enzyme active sites with calix[6]arene-based funnel complexes.

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    Le Poul, Nicolas; Le Mest, Yves; Jabin, Ivan; Reinaud, Olivia

    2015-07-21

    Supramolecular bioinorganic chemistry is a natural evolution in biomimetic metallic systems since it constitutes a further degree of complexity in modeling. The traditional approach consisting of mimicking the first coordination sphere of metal sites proved to be very efficient, because valuable data are extracted from these examples to gain insight in natural systems mechanisms. But it does not reproduce several specific aspects of enzymes that can be mimicked by the implementation of a cavity embedding the labile active site and thus controlling the properties of the metal ion by noncovalent interactions. This Account reports on a strategy aimed at reproducing some supramolecular aspects encountered in the natural systems. The cavity complexes described herein display a coordination site constructed on a macrocycle. Thanks to a careful design of the cavity-based ligands, complexes orienting their labile site specifically toward the inside of the macrocycle were obtained. The supramolecular systems are based on the flexible calix[6]arene core that surrounds the metal ion labile site, thereby constraining exogenous molecules to pass through the conic funnel to reach the metal center. Such an architecture confers to the metal ion very unusual properties and behaviors, which in many aspects are biologically relevant. Three generations of calix[6]-based ligands are presented and discussed in the context of modeling the monocopper sites encountered in some enzymes. A wide range of phenomena are highlighted such as the impact that the size and shape of the access channel to the metal center have on the selectivity and rate of the binding process, the possible remote control of the electronics through small modifications operated on the cavity edges, induced-fit behavior associated with host-guest association (shoe-tree effect) that affects the redox properties of the metal ion and the electron exchange pathway, consequences of forbidden associative ligand exchange

  3. Chemical evolution of thermal springs at Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica: Effect of volcanic activity, precipitation, seismic activity, and Earth tides

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    López, D. L.; Bundschuh, J.; Soto, G. J.; Fernández, J. F.; Alvarado, G. E.

    2006-09-01

    Arenal Volcano in NW Costa Rica, Central America has been active during the last 37 years. However, only relatively low temperature springs have been identified on its slopes with temperatures less than around 60 °C. The springs are clustered on the NE and NW slopes of the volcano, close to contacts between the recent and older volcanic products or at faults that intercept the volcano. This volcano is located in a rain forest region with annual rainfall averaging around 5 m. During the last 15 years, the temperature and chemical composition of 4 hot springs and 2 cold springs have been monitored approximately every 3 months. In addition, two more thermal sites were identified recently and sampled, as well as two boreholes located on a fault NE of the volcano. Scatter plots of chemical species such as Cl and B suggest that the waters in these discharges belong to the same aquifer with a saline end member similar to Río Tabacón at the beginning of the study period (1990) and the deeper borehole (B-2) in 2004. The waters of Quebrada Bambú and Quebrada Fría represent a more dilute end member. Both long-term (over the 15 years) and short-term or seasonal decreases in concentration and steady or decreasing temperature are noted in NW springs. Springs located at the NE show increasing temperatures and ion concentrations, except for bicarbonate that has decreased in concentration for all the springs. This behavior is likely associated with a shallow source for the solutes and heat for this aquifer. To the NW the early lavas and pyroclastic flows have been cooling down, decreasing the contribution of leaching products to the infiltrating waters. To the NE, pyroclastic flows to the N during the last decade are contributing increasing concentrations of solutes and heat throughout water infiltration and circulation within the faults and the surficial drainage that has a NE regional trend. For the short-term or seasonal variations, concentrations of chemical constituents

  4. The structure of the Calix[4]arene-(H2O) Cluster: The World’s Smallest Cup of Water

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    Hontama, Naoya; Inokuchi, Yoshiya; Ebata, Takayuki; Dedonder-Lardeau, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2010-03-11

    The structure of the calix[4]arene(C4A)-(H2O) cluster formed in a supersonic beam has been investigated by mass-selected resonant two-photon ionization (R2PI) spectroscopy, IR-UV double resonance spectroscopy, IR photodissociation (IRPD) spectroscopy and by high level quantum chemical calculations. The IR-UV double resonance spectrum of C4A-(H2O) exhibits a broad and strong hydrogen-bonded OH stretching band at 3160 cm-1 and a weak asymmetric OH stretching band at 3700 cm-1. The IRPD measurement of the cluster produced a value of 3140 cm-1 for the C4A-(H2O) → C4A + H2O dissociation energy. High level electronic structure calculations at the MP2 level of theory with basis sets up to quadruple zeta quality suggest that the endo-isomer (water inside the C4A cavity) is ~1100 cm-1 more stable than the exo-isomer (water hydrogen bonded to the rim of C4A). The endo-isomer has a best-computed (at the MP2/aug-cc-pVQZ level) value of 3127 cm-1 for the binding energy, just ~15 cm-1 shy of the experimentally determined threshold and an IR spectrum in excellent agreement with the experimentally observed one. In contrast, the B3LYP density functional fails to even predict a stable structure for the endo-isomer demonstrating the inability of that level of theory to describe the delicate balance between structures exhibiting cumulative OH-π H-bonding and dipole-dipole interactions (endo-isomer) when compared to the ones emanating from maximizing the cooperative effects associated with the formation of hydrogen bonded homodromic networks (exo-isomer). The comparison of the experimental results with the ones from high level electronic structure calculations therefore unambiguously assign the endo-isomer as the global minimum of the C4A-(H2O) cluster, world’s smallest cup of water. Part of this work is supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy. Battelle operates the Pacific Northwest

  5. Host-guest chemistry of a water-soluble pillar[5]arene: evidence for an ionic-exchange recognition process and different complexation modes.

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    Gómez, Borja; Francisco, Vitor; Fernández-Nieto, Fernando; Garcia-Rio, Luis; Martín-Pastor, M; Paleo, M Rita; Sardina, F Javier

    2014-09-15

    The complexation of an anionic guest by a cationic water-soluble pillararene is reported. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), (1)H NMR, (1)H and (19)F DOSY, and STD NMR experiments were performed to characterize the complex formed under aqueous neutral conditions. The results of ITC and (1)H NMR analyses showed the inclusion of the guest inside the cavity of the pillar[5]arene, with the binding constant and thermodynamic parameters influenced by the counter ion of the macrocycle. NMR diffusion experiments showed that although a fraction of the counter ions are expelled from the host cavity by exchange with the guest, a complex with both counter ions and the guest inside the pillararene is formed. The results also showed that at higher concentrations of guest in solution, in addition to the inclusion of one guest molecule in the cavity, the pillararene can also form an external complex with a second guest molecule.

  6. Simultaneous determination of L-tyrosine and caffeine based on their electrocatalytic oxidation at a 4-tert-butylcalix[6] arene-modified carbon paste electrode.

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    Srivastava, Ashwini K; Gaichore, Reena R

    2013-01-01

    Simultaneous determination of L-tyrosine and caffeine was performed at a carbon paste electrode modified with 4-tert-butylcalix[6]arene and in situ Ni2+ ions. Surface characterization of the electrode was carried out by means of scanning electron microscopy. Electrochemical impedance diagnosis revealed that oxidation of both molecules is kinetically facile on the modified electrode. The electrochemical behavior of both molecules was studied using cyclic voltammetry, and further quantified using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The results revealed a high sensitivity for their simultaneous detection. DPV allowed simultaneous detection of L-tyrosine and caffeine in the range of 10(-6) to 10(-3) M, with LODs of 2.19 x 10(-7) and 4.03 x 10(-7) M, respectively. The modified electrode was used for individual determination of L-tyrosine and caffeine in various pharmaceutical formulations and simultaneous monitoring in human body fluids.

  7. Lipophilicity Assessment of Ruthenium(II)-Arene Complexes by the Means of Reversed-Phase Thin-Layer Chromatography and DFT Calculations

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    Shweshein, Khalil Salem A. M.; Andrić, Filip; Radoičić, Aleksandra; Gruden-Pavlović, Maja; Tešić, Živoslav; Milojković-Opsenica, Dušanka

    2014-01-01

    The lipophilicity of ten ruthenium(II)-arene complexes was assessed by reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography (RP-TLC) on octadecyl silica stationary phase. The binary solvent systems composed of water and acetonitrile were used as mobile phase in order to determine chromatographic descriptors for lipophilicity estimation. Octanol-water partition coefficient, logKOW, of tested complexes was experimentally determined using twenty-eight standard solutes which were analyzed under the same chromatographic conditions as target substances. In addition, ab initio density functional theory (DFT) computational approach was employed to calculate logKOW values from the differences in Gibbs' free solvation energies of the solute transfer from n-octanol to water. A good overall agreement between DFT calculated and experimentally determined logKOW values was established (R2 = 0.8024–0.9658). PMID:24587761

  8. Supramolecular Vesicles Coassembled from Disulfide-Linked Benzimidazolium Amphiphiles and Carboxylate-Substituted Pillar[6]arenes that Are Responsive to Five Stimuli.

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    Jiang, Long; Huang, Xuan; Chen, Dong; Yan, Hua; Li, Xueyuan; Du, Xuezhong

    2017-03-01

    Novel supramolecular vesicles based on host-guest systems were coassembled from carboxylate-substituted pillar[6]arene (CPA[6]) and disulfide-linked benzimidazolium amphiphiles, and the microstructures of the CPA-based supramolecular vesicles were clearly elaborated. The supramolecular vesicles showed controlled drug release in response to five stimuli, with glutathione, pH, CO2 , Zn(2+) ions, and hexanediamine, leading to cleavage of the disulfide bonds, protonation of the carboxylate groups, metal chelation, and competitive binding. This is the first case of a smart pillararene-based supramolecular vesicle being integrated with five stimuli-responsive functions to meet the diverse requirements of controlled drug release. Importantly, each of the five stimuli is closely related to microenvironments of tumors and diseases of the human body. The smart stimuli-responsive supramolecular vesicles have promising applications in drug therapy of tumors and relevant diseases.

  9. J-aggregation of a water-soluble tetracationic porphyrin in mixed LB films with a calix[8]arene carboxylic acid derivative.

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    Miguel, Gustavo de; Pérez-Morales, Marta; Martín-Romero, María T; Muñoz, Eulogia; Richardson, Tim H; Camacho, Luis

    2007-03-27

    The molecular organization of a mixed film, containing a water-soluble tetracationic porphyrin (TMPyP) and a p-tert-butyl calix[8]arene octacarboxylic acid derivative (C8A), at the air-water interface and on a solid support (LB film), has been investigated. Although the TMPyP aggregation was not detected at the air-water interface, TMPyP J-aggregates have been found in the LB films (Y-type). Unlike tetraanionic porphyrins, for example TSPP, the TMPyP J-aggregates are not induced by a zwitterion formation. The TMPyP J-aggregation is a result of a "double comb" configuration, where porphyrins from opposite layers are interwoven in a linear infinite J-aggregate. Our results confirm that TMPyP molecules tend to self-aggregate strongly, provided the electrostatic repulsions of their peripheral groups are cancelled by the anionic groups of the C8A matrix.

  10. Self-Assembly of New Arene-Ruthenium Rectangles Containing Triptycene Building Block and Their Application in Fluorescent Detection of Nitro Aromatics

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    Dubey, Abhishek; Mishra, Anurag; Min, Jin Wook; Lee, Min Hyung; Kim, Hyunuk; Stang, Peter J.; Chi, Ki-Whan

    2014-01-01

    A suite of two new tetraruthenium metallarectangles 5 and 6 have been obtained from [2 + 2] self-assemblies between dipyridylethynyltriptycene 2 and one of the two dinuclear arene ruthenium clips, [Ru2 (μ-η4-OO∩OO) (η6-p-cymene)2][OTf]2 ; (OO∩OO = oxalate 3; 6,11-dihydroxy-5,12-naphthacenedionato (dotq) 4; OTf = triflate). These molecular rectangles are fully characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy, electrospray mass spectrometry. A single crystal of 6 was suitable for X-ray diffraction structural characterization. These new metallarectangles showed fluorescence behavior in solution, have been examined for emission quenching effects with various aromatic compounds, and show high quenching selectivity and sensitivity towards nitroaromatics, particularly picric acid and trinitrotoluene. Excited-state charge transfer from the rectangles to nitro aromatic substrates can be used to develop selective fluorescent sensors for nitro aromatics. PMID:26321767

  11. Dual-responsive polypseudorotaxanes based on block-selected inclusion between polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene glycol) diblock copolymers and 1,4-diethoxypillar[5]arene.

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    Chen, Jianzhuang; Li, Nan; Gao, Yongping; Sun, Fugen; He, Jianping; Li, Yongsheng

    2015-10-21

    Based on the selective recognition of the polyethylene (PE) block of polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PE-b-PEG) by 1,4-diethoxypillar[5]arene (DEP5A), two novel thermo and competitive guest (1,4-dibromobutane or hexanedinitrile) responsive polypseudorotaxanes (PPRs) have been successfully constructed. The formation of PPRs both in solution and in the solid state was demonstrated by (1)H NMR, 2D NOESY, and WAXD analyses. TGA data illustrate that PPRs exhibit higher thermal stability than their precursor diblock copolymers. Moreover, intriguing porous disk-like aggregates are produced by electrospraying of PPRs in CHCl3 and the self-assembled structures of PPRs are totally changed by the addition of 1,4-dibromobutane or hexanedinitrile, demonstrating their competitive guest stimuli-responsiveness.

  12. Lipophilicity assessment of ruthenium(II)-arene complexes by the means of reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography and DFT calculations.

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    Shweshein, Khalil Salem A M; Andrić, Filip; Radoičić, Aleksandra; Zlatar, Matija; Gruden-Pavlović, Maja; Tešić, Zivoslav; Milojković-Opsenica, Dušanka

    2014-01-01

    The lipophilicity of ten ruthenium(II)-arene complexes was assessed by reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography (RP-TLC) on octadecyl silica stationary phase. The binary solvent systems composed of water and acetonitrile were used as mobile phase in order to determine chromatographic descriptors for lipophilicity estimation. Octanol-water partition coefficient, logK(OW), of tested complexes was experimentally determined using twenty-eight standard solutes which were analyzed under the same chromatographic conditions as target substances. In addition, ab initio density functional theory (DFT) computational approach was employed to calculate logK(OW) values from the differences in Gibbs' free solvation energies of the solute transfer from n-octanol to water. A good overall agreement between DFT calculated and experimentally determined logK(OW) values was established (R(2) = 0.8024-0.9658).

  13. Depositional setting and early diagenesis of the dinosaur eggshell-bearing Aren Fm at Bastus, Late Campanian, south-central Pyrenees

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    Díaz-Molina, Margarita; Kälin, Otto; Benito, M. Isabel; Lopez-Martinez, Nieves; Vicens, Enric

    2007-07-01

    The Late Cretaceous Aren Fm exposed north of Bastus in the Tremp Basin (south-central Pyrenees) preserves an excellent record of dinosaur eggs laid in a marine littoral setting. Different from other cases reported in literature, at the Bastus site the preferential nesting ground was original beach sand. The coastal deposits of Aren Fm can be grouped into four facies assemblages, representing respectively shoreface, beachface, beach ridge plain and backbarrier lagoon environments. Shoreface deposits include fine- to coarse-grained hybrid arenites and subordinate quartz-dominated conglomerates with ripple structures of wave and wave-current origin. Beachface deposits are mainly storm beach conglomerates, but parallel-laminated foreshore arenites locally occur. Backbarrier lagoon deposits comprise of washover sandy conglomerates that grade laterally into sandy lime mudstones, biomicrites and marls. Beach ridge sediment, wherein the bulk of dinosaur eggs and eggshell debris occurs, predominantly is a reddish hybrid arenite that has undergone a complex early diagenetic evolution, including marine and meteoric cementation followed by soil development. The reddish arenites overlie wave-dominated shoreface deposits and in places pass laterally into lagoonal deposits. They originally formed shore ridges, that became stabilized during progradational episodes by pedogenesis (beach ridge, sensu [Otvos, E.G., 2000. Beach ridges—definitions and significance. Geomorphology 32, 83-108.]), which also affected the dinosaur eggs. The eggshell-bearing beach ridge arenites are typically preserved at the top of parasequences forming the systems tracts of a third-order sequence. Thick packages of this facies resulted from aggradation of barrier/beach ridge deposits, whose preservation below surfaces of transgressive erosion was favoured by incipient lithification.

  14. Understanding room-temperature π-dimerisation of radical ions: intramolecular π-[TTF]2(2+) in functionalised calix[4]arenes.

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    Fumanal, Maria; Capdevila-Cortada, Marçal; Novoa, Juan J

    2017-02-01

    Long, multicentre π-dimers of radical ions are weakly bound and can only be observed in solution at low temperature. However, recent supramolecular approaches induce the extra stabilisation required to preserve them at room temperature, by different means depending on the approach. In particular, π-[TTF]2(2+) dimers (TTF = tetrathiafulvalene) were detected upon oxidation of a TTF-based calix[4]arene in acetonitrile solution at room temperature, manifesting intramolecular [R-TTF]˙(+)[R-TTF]˙(+) interactions (Chem. Commun. 2006, 2, 2233). In this work, the reasons behind the remarkable formation of these π-dimers in the calix[4]arene, [calix], molecule are unravelled by means of DFT calculations. We first demonstrate that the properties of the π-[R-TTF]2(2+) dimers are preserved in the [calix](2+). Most importantly, our results show that the π-dimerised and non-dimerised forms of the [calix](2+) are isoenergetic at room temperature, and that the activation energy for this process is ca. 9.5 kcal mol(-1). Hence, both forms coexist in equilibrium at 298 K, as the intramolecular nature of the interaction ensures a high reaction rate. The role of the Na(+) cation in preventing the π-[R-TTF]2(2+) dimerisation of the [calix](2+) receptor is also examined, unveiling that this effect is mostly due to the electrostatic repulsion induced by the cation. Finally, we provide a revision on room-temperature stable supramolecular long, multicentre π-dimers of radical ions, a class of systems with great potential as molecular switches.

  15. Novel chiral (salen)Mn(III) complexes containing a calix[4]arene unit in 1,3-alternate conformation as catalysts for enantioselective epoxidation reactions of (Z)-aryl alkenes.

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    Bonaccorso, Carmela; Brancatelli, Giovanna; Ballistreri, Francesco P; Geremia, Silvano; Pappalardo, Andrea; Tomaselli, Gaetano A; Toscano, Rosa M; Sciotto, Domenico

    2014-02-07

    Two new chiral calix[4]arene-salen ligands 1a,b, based on calix[4]arene platforms in 1,3-alternate conformation, have been prepared by a new general synthetic pathway. Their Mn(III) complexes, 3a,b have shown fairly good efficiency in the asymmetric epoxidation of styrene and substituted styrenes, whereas excellent catalytic activity and selectivity were observed with rigid bicyclic alkenes, namely 1,2-dihydro-naphthalene and substituted 2,2'-dimethyl-chromene. The higher catalytic properties of 3a may be ascribed to the more rigid and inherently chiral structure as proved by molecular modelling, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray data of the similarly structured UO2 complexes 2a,b.

  16. Fluorescence switch on-off-on receptor constructed of quinoline allied calix[4]arene for selective recognition of Cu2+ from blood serum and F- from industrial waste water.

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    Sutariya, Pinkesh G; Pandya, Alok; Lodha, Anand; Menon, Shobhana K

    2013-05-07

    A novel PET with ICT based substituted calix[4]arene fluroionophore was synthesized and used for detection of Cu(2+) and F(-) by emission spectra. The detection limit of the synthesized receptor was found to be 4.16 nM for Cu(2+) and 2.15 nM for F(-). Moreover, this probe has been applied for recognition of Cu(2+) in blood serum and F(-) from waste water.

  17. C-F activation of fluorinated arenes using NHC-stabilized nickel(0) complexes: selectivity and mechanistic investigations.

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    Schaub, Thomas; Fischer, Peter; Steffen, Andreas; Braun, Thomas; Radius, Udo; Mix, Andreas

    2008-07-23

    The reaction of [Ni2((i)Pr2Im)4(COD)] 1a or [Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(eta(2)-C2H4)] 1b with different fluorinated arenes is reported. These reactions occur with a high chemo- and regioselectivity. In the case of polyfluorinated aromatics of the type C6F5X such as hexafluorobenzene (X = F) octafluorotoluene (X = CF3), trimethyl(pentafluorophenyl)silane (X = SiMe3), or decafluorobiphenyl (X = C6F5) the C-F activation regioselectively takes place at the C-F bond in the para position to the X group to afford the complexes trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(C6F5)]2, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-(CF3)C6F4)] 3, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-(C6F5)C6F4)] 4, and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-(SiMe3)C6F4)] 5. Complex 5 was structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction. The reaction of 1a with partially fluorinated aromatic substrates C6H(x)F(y) leads to the products of a C-F activation trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2-C6FH4)] 7, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(3,5-C6F2H3)] 8, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,3-C6F2H3)] 9a and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,6-C6F2H3)] 9b, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,5-C6F2H3)] 10, and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,3,5,6-C6F4H)] 11. The reaction of 1a with octafluoronaphthalene yields exclusively trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(1,3,4,5,6,7,8-C10F7)] 6a, the product of an insertion into the C-F bond in the 2-position, whereas for the reaction of 1b with octafluoronaphthalene the two isomers trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(1,3,4,5,6,7,8-C10F7)] 6a and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,3,4,5,6,7,8-C10F7)] 6b are formed in a ratio of 11:1. The reaction of 1a or of 1b with pentafluoropyridine at low temperatures affords trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-C5NF4)] 12a as the sole product, whereas the reaction of 1b performed at room temperature leads to the generation of trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-C5NF4)] 12a and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2-C5NF4)] 12b in a ratio of approximately 1:2. The detection of intermediates as well as kinetic studies gives some insight into the mechanistic details for the activation of an aromatic carbon-fluorine bond at

  18. η(6) -Arene-Zirconium-PNP-Pincer Complexes: Mechanism of Their Hydrogenolytic Formation and Their Reactivity as Zirconium(II) Synthons.

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    Plundrich, Gudrun T; Wadepohl, Hubert; Clot, Eric; Gade, Lutz H

    2016-06-27

    The cyclometalated monobenzyl complexes [(Cbzdiphos(R) -CH)ZrBnX] 1 (iPr) Cl and 1 (Ph) I reacted with dihydrogen (10 bar) to yield the η(6) -toluene complexes [(Cbzdiphos(R) )Zr(η(6) -tol)X] 2 (iPr) Cl and 2 (Ph) I (cbzdiphos=1,8-bis(phosphino)-3,6-di-tert-butyl-9H-carbazole). The arene complexes were also found to be directly accessible from the triiodide [(Cbzdiphos(Ph) )ZrI3 ] through an in situ reaction with a dibenzylmagnesium reagent and subsequent hydrogenolysis, as exemplified for the η(6) -mesitylene complex [(Cbzdiphos(Ph) )Zr(η(6) -mes)I] (3 (Ph) I). The tolyl-ring in 2 (iPr) Cl adopts a puckered arrangement (fold angle 23.3°) indicating significant arene-1,4-diido character. Deuterium labeling experiments were consistent with an intramolecular reaction sequence after the initial hydrogenolysis of a Zr-C bond by a σ-bond metathesis. A DFT study of the reaction sequence indicates that hydrogenolysis by σ-bond metathesis first occurs at the cyclometalated ancillary ligand giving a hydrido-benzyl intermediate, which subsequently reductively eliminates toluene that then coordinates to the Zr atom as the reduced arene ligand. Complex 2 (Ph) I was reacted with 2,6-diisopropylphenyl isocyanide giving the deep blue, diamagnetic Zr(II) -diisocyanide complex [(Cbzdiphos(Ph) )Zr(CNDipp)2 I] (4 (Ph) I). DFT modeling of 4 (Ph) I demonstrated that the HOMO of the complex is primarily located as a "lone pair on zirconium", with some degree of back-bonding into the C≡N π* bond, and the complex is thus most appropriately described as a zirconium(II) species. Reaction of 2 (Ph) I with trimethylsilylazide (N3 TMS) and 2 (iPr) Cl with 1-azidoadamantane (N3 Ad) resulted in the formation of the imido complexes [(Cbzdiphos(R) )Zr=NR'(X)] 5 (iPr) Cl-NAd and 5 (Ph) I-NTMS, respectively. Reaction of 2 (iPr) Cl with azobenzene led to N-N bond scission giving 6 (iPr) Cl, in which one of the NPh-fragments is coupled with the carbazole

  19. Improving the Flash Flood Frequency Analysis using dendrogeomorphological evidences in the Arenal River crossing Arenas de San Pedro Village (Spanish Central System)

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    Ruiz-Villanueva, V.; Ballesteros, J. A.; Díez-Herrero, A.; Bodoque, J. M.

    2009-04-01

    The flash flood frequency analysis in mountainous catchments presents specific scientific challenges. One of the challenges is the relevant gradient in precipitation intensity with altitude. Another challenge is the lack of information from rainfall or discharge gauge stations or from documentary sources. Dendrogeomorphology studies the response in the wood growth pattern and the botanical signs on the trees affected by geomorphological processes. With regard to the flood frequency, the dendrogeomorphological evidences bring forward valuable infomation about single past events (with annual or even seasonal precision) and their occurrence periodicity. The main macro-evidence that we can find in the tree trunk is a stem scar originated by a wound in the bark of the tree. When the tree grows, this wound remains reflected in the tree ring sequence. The best way to analyze the tree ring sequence is by using a complete section of the trunk, this couldn't be possible unless the tree is cut down. Due to the unfeasibility of cutting down the trees, in Dendrogeomorphology is enough to obtain an increment core, using a Pressler borer. Nevertheless, this study has been based on complete stem sections analysis facilitated for the felling works in the riverine vegetation in the Arenal River, carried out by the Tagus River Water Authority. These felling works have allowed us to obtain sections and to analyze the stump of the tree in situ. On this way, 100 samples of Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus angustifolia located by the river along the Arenal River crossing Arenas de San Pedro Village (Ávila, northern slopes of the Gredos Mountain Range in the Spanish Central System) have been analyzed. This village is known for its historical problems of flood during extreme events. A meticulous fieldwork has been carried out. Every sample was analyzed locating its geomorphological position, the distance to the riverbed and the height of the stump in which the evidences were observed. Using a

  20. A novel calix[4]arene thiol functionalized silver nanoprobe for selective recognition of ferric ion with nanomolar sensitivity via DLS selectivity in human biological fluid

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    Pandya, Alok; Sutariya, Pinkesh G.; Lodha, Anand; Menon, Shobhana K.

    2013-02-01

    A high concern for human health and safety has motivated dynamic research on the potential impact of transition metal ions and their toxic effects, thus it is very challenging to design transition-metal ion detection devices that are cost-effective, rapid and applicable to the biological milieus. Driven by the need to detect trace amounts of Fe3+ from blood samples, we report a highly selective and ultrasensitive calix[4]arene modified silver nanoprobe for Fe3+ recognition at the 9.4 nM level from aqueous solution with excellent discrimination against other heavy metals and biomolecules. The assembly was characterized by TEM (transmission electron microscopy), DLS (dynamic light scattering), UV-Vis, FT-IR, ESI-MS and 1H NMR spectrometry, which demonstrate the higher binding affinity for Fe3+. The biosensor has been successfully applied to estimate the ferric ion in human blood serum as well as in human hemoglobin.A high concern for human health and safety has motivated dynamic research on the potential impact of transition metal ions and their toxic effects, thus it is very challenging to design transition-metal ion detection devices that are cost-effective, rapid and applicable to the biological milieus. Driven by the need to detect trace amounts of Fe3+ from blood samples, we report a highly selective and ultrasensitive calix[4]arene modified silver nanoprobe for Fe3+ recognition at the 9.4 nM level from aqueous solution with excellent discrimination against other heavy metals and biomolecules. The assembly was characterized by TEM (transmission electron microscopy), DLS (dynamic light scattering), UV-Vis, FT-IR, ESI-MS and 1H NMR spectrometry, which demonstrate the higher binding affinity for Fe3+. The biosensor has been successfully applied to estimate the ferric ion in human blood serum as well as in human hemoglobin. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Supplementary materials of the synthesis procedure associated with this article can be

  1. A mixed DFT-MD methodology for the in silico development of drug releasing macrocycles. Calix and thia-calix[N]arenes as carriers for Bosutinib and Sorafenib.

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    Galindo-Murillo, Rodrigo; Aguilar-Suárez, Luis Enrique; Barroso-Flores, Joaquín

    2016-04-15

    Interaction energies between a family of 36 calix[n]arenes, their corresponding thia- analogues, and two commercially available second generation tyrosine kinase III inhibitors-Bosutinib and Sorafenib-were calculated through DFT methods at the B97D/6-31G(d,p) level of theory, based on Natural Population Analysis, for the in silico development of suitable drug carriers based on the aforementioned macrocycles which can increase their bioavailability and in turn their pharmaceutical efficiency. Molecular Dynamics simulations (production runs: +500 ns) using the General Amber Force Field were also carried out in order to assess the releasing process of these drugs in an explicit aqueous environment. In total, 144 host-guest complexes are examined. According to our results, five-membered -SO3H and i-Pr functionalized-calixarenes are the best candidates for Sorafenib-carriers while six-membered ones -SO3H and C2H4NH2 functionalized- are the lead candidates for Bosutinib-carriers.

  2. Glucose-Responsive Supramolecular Vesicles Based on Water-Soluble Pillar[5]arene and Pyridylboronic Acid Derivative for Controlled Insulin Delivery.

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    Gao, Lei; Wang, Tingting; Jia, Keke; Wu, Xuan; Yao, Chenhao; Shao, Wei; Zhang, Dongmei; Hu, Xiao-Yu; Wang, Leyong

    2017-03-22

    The stimuli-responsive behavior of supramolecular nanocarriers is crucial for their potential applications as smart drug delivery systems. We hereby constructed a glucose-responsive supramolecular drug delivery system constructed by the host-guest interaction between a water-soluble pillar[5]arene (WP5) and a pyridylboronic acid derivative (G) for insulin delivery and controlled release at physiological condition, which represents the ideal treatment of diabetes mellitus. The drug loading and in vitro drug release experiments demonstrated that large molecular weight insulin could be successfully encapsulated into the vesicles with high loading efficiency, which to the best of our knowledge, is the first example of small size supramolecular vesicles with excellent encapsulation capacity of large protein molecule. Moreover, FITC-labeled insulin was used to evaluate the release behavior of insulin, and it was demonstrated that high glucose concentration could facilitate the quick release of insulin, suggesting a smart DDS for the potential application in controlled insulin release only under hyperglycemic conditions. Finally, we demonstrated that these supramolecular nanocarriers have good cytocompatibility, which is essential for their further biomedical applications. The present study provides a novel strategy for the construction of glucose-responsive smart supramolecular drug delivery system, which has potential applications for the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

  3. Continuous-Flow Electrophilic Amination of Arenes and Schmidt Reaction of Carboxylic Acids Utilizing the Superacidic Trimethylsilyl Azide/Triflic Acid Reagent System.

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    Chen, Yuesu; Gutmann, Bernhard; Kappe, C Oliver

    2016-10-07

    A continuous flow protocol for the direct stoichiometric electrophilic amination of aromatic hydrocarbons and the Schmidt reaction of aromatic carboxylic acids using the superacidic trimethylsilyl azide/triflic acid system is described. Optimization of reagent stoichiometry, solvent, reaction time, and temperature led to an intensified protocol at elevated temperatures that allows the direct amination of arenes to be completed within 3 min at 90 °C. In order to improve the selectivity and scope of this direct amination protocol, aromatic carboxylic acids were additionally chosen as substrates. Selected carboxylic acids could be converted to their corresponding amine counterparts in good to excellent yields (11 examples, 55-83%) via a Schmidt reaction employing similar flow reaction conditions (<5 min at 90 °C) and a similar reactor setup as for the amination. The safety issues derived from the explosive, toxic, and volatile hydrazoic acid intermediate, the corrosive nature of triflic acid, and the exothermic quenching were addressed by designing a suitable continuous flow reaction setup for both types of transformations.

  4. Lateral assembly of oxidized graphene flakes into large-scale transparent conductive thin films with a three-dimensional surfactant 4-sulfocalix[4]arene

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    Sundramoorthy, Ashok K.; Wang, Yilei; Wang, Jing; Che, Jianfei; Thong, Ya Xuan; Lu, Albert Chee W.; Chan-Park, Mary B.

    2015-01-01

    Graphene is a promising candidate material for transparent conductive films because of its excellent conductivity and one-carbon-atom thickness. Graphene oxide flakes prepared by Hummers method are typically several microns in size and must be pieced together in order to create macroscopic films. We report a macro-scale thin film fabrication method which employs a three-dimensional (3-D) surfactant, 4-sulfocalix[4]arene (SCX), as a lateral aggregating agent. After electrochemical exfoliation, the partially oxidized graphene (oGr) flakes are dispersed with SCX. The SCX forms micelles, which adsorb on the oGr flakes to enhance their dispersion, also promote aggregation into large-scale thin films under vacuum filtration. A thin oGr/SCX film can be shaved off from the aggregated oGr/SCX cake by immersing the cake in water. The oGr/SCX thin-film floating on the water can be subsequently lifted from the water surface with a substrate. The reduced oGr (red-oGr) films can be as thin as 10−20 nm with a transparency of >90% and sheet resistance of 890 ± 47 kΩ/sq. This method of electrochemical exfoliation followed by SCX-assisted suspension and hydrazine reduction, avoids using large amounts of strong acid (unlike Hummers method), is relatively simple and can easily form a large scale conductive and transparent film from oGr/SCX suspension. PMID:26040436

  5. An experimental and theoretical study of the aggregate structure of calix[6]arenes in Langmuir films at the water/air interface.

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    de Lara, Lucas S; Wrobel, Ellen C; Lazzarotto, Márcio; de Lázaro, Sérgio R; Camilo, Alexandre; Wohnrath, Karen

    2016-08-17

    In this paper, the aggregate formation of para-tert-butylcalix[6]arene molecules (Calix6) in dimeric structures was investigated at the water/air interface using experimental and theoretical studies. A specific orientation for such Calix6 molecules was observed with an average area of 133 Å(2), which corresponds to a flat-on orientation with the OH groups parallel to the interface. By varying the pressure on the Calix6 monolayer, the molecules tend to organize at the water/air interface and subsequently, at higher pressures, aggregates were formed atop the monolayer as cluster structures. Morphological characterization by the Brewster Angle Microscopy technique showed the formation of larger domains at lower pressures. Based on such experimental evidence, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to investigate possible dimeric structures for aggregated Calix6 molecules, which are localized at the water/air interface, where one molecule remains in the water phase and the other remains in the air phase. By increasing surface pressure, experimental and theoretical results corroborate the intermolecular interactions among Calix6 molecules. These results are relevant because a dimeric structure has a molecular cavity, which is a candidate for host-guest chemistry, an ion receptor or a drug-delivery system.

  6. Pyrophosphate sensing by a fluorescent Zn2+ bound triazole linked imino-thiophenyl conjugate of calix[4]arene in HEPES buffer medium: spectroscopy, microscopy, and cellular studies.

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    Pathak, Rakesh K; Tabbasum, Khatija; Rai, Ankit; Panda, Dulal; Rao, Chebrolu P

    2012-06-05

    An in situ prepared Zn(2+) complex of triazole linked imino-thiophenyl conjugate of calix[4]arene, [ZnL], was demonstrated to be highly fluorescent in HEPES buffer solution. [ZnL] has been used as a chemo-sensing ensemble for the recognition of phosphates in general and pyrophosphates in particular among the eighteen different anions studied. The chemo-sensing behavior of the [ZnL] has been demonstrated through fluorescence, absorption, visual fluorescent color changes, ESI MS, and (1)H NMR titrations. Variations in the microstructural features of L, its zinc complex and the complex upon addition of PPi have been demonstrated through atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Such studies have been extended to see the permeability of the conjugate into the HeLa cells by fluorescence microscopy. In accession, a reversible "write-read-erase-read" logic gate property of L has been demonstrated through a feedback loop in the presence of Zn(2+) and PPi.

  7. Design of supramolecular biomimetic catalysts of high substrate specificity by noncovalent self-assembly of calix[4]arenes with amphiphilic and polymeric amines.

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    Mirgorodskaya, Alla B; Yackevich, Ekaterina I; Kudryashova, Yuliana R; Kashapov, Ruslan R; Solovieva, Svetlana E; Gubaidullin, Aidar T; Antipin, Igor S; Zakharova, Lucia Ya; Konovalov, Alexander I

    2014-05-01

    Supramolecular biomimetic catalysts of high substrate specificity are developed based on amphiphilic oxyethylated calix[4]arene bearing iso-nonyl fragments at the upper rim and hexadeca(ethylene glycol) fragments at lower rim (9CO16), and amines of amphiphilic or polymeric nature. Two critical concentrations determined by tensiometry and dye solubilization methods are probably reflect the onset of association process and transition from bimodal to monomodal size distribution revealed by the dynamic light scattering method. Amine components used may form aggregates as well, which is mediated by hydrophobic effect due to occurrence of long-chain alkyl tails. The micellar rate effect of the designed systems toward the cleavage of carboxylic acid ester is shown to be contributed by the formation of mixed aggregates with the reactive functional groups, as well as by the pKa shift of the amine and the character of the distribution of reagents in functional micelles. In the case of long-chain primary amines, an inversion of micellar rate effect (catalysis to inhibition) occurs upon transferring from the less hydrophobic substrate, p-nitrophenyl acetate, to the more hydrophobic analogs, p-nitrophenyl laurate and p-nitrophenyl caprinate. The opposite effect (inhibition of the reaction of p-nitrophenyl acetate and the acceleration of the process of hydrophobic analogs) was observed in systems based on polyethyleneimine.

  8. Versatile, Reversible, and Reusable Gel of a Monocholesteryl Conjugated Calix[4]arene as Functional Material to Store and Release Dyes and Drugs Including Doxorubicin, Curcumin, and Tocopherol.

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    Bandela, Anil Kumar; Hinge, Vijaya Kumar; Yarramala, Deepthi S; Rao, Chebrolu Pulla

    2015-06-03

    Gels are interesting soft materials owing to their functional properties leading to potential applications. This paper deals with the synthesis of monocholesteryl derivatized calix[4]arene (G) and its instantaneous gelation at a minimum gelator concentration of 0.6% in 1:1 v/v THF/acetonitrile. The gel shows remarkable thermoreversibility by exhibiting Tgel→sol at ∼48 °C and is demonstrated for several cycles. The gel shows an organized network of nanobundles, while that of the sol shows spherical nanoaggregates in microscopy. A bundle with ∼12 nm diameter possessing hydrophobic pockets in itself is obtained from computationally modeled gel, and hence the gel is suitable for storage and release applications. The guest-entrapped gels exhibit the same microstructures as that observed with simple gels, while fluorescence spectra and molecular mechanics suggests that the drug molecules occupy the hydrophobic pockets. All the entrapped drug molecules are released into water, suggesting a complete recovery of the trapped species. The reusability of the gel for the storage and release of the drug into water is demonstrated for four consecutive cycles, and hence the gel formed from G acts as a functional material that finds application in drug delivery.

  9. Multi-targeted organometallic ruthenium(II)-arene anticancer complexes bearing inhibitors of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1: A strategy to improve cytotoxicity.

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    Wang, Zhigang; Qian, Hui; Yiu, Shek-Man; Sun, Jianwei; Zhu, Guangyu

    2014-02-01

    Small-molecule inhibitors of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) have currently drawn much attention as promising chemotherapeutic drug candidates, and there is a need to develop more potent PARP inhibitors with improved bioavailability. Here we report a strategy to improve the cytotoxicity of PARP inhibitors by conjugation with organometallic ruthenium(II)-arene compounds. We also report a systematic study to reveal the mechanism of action of these ruthenium-PARP inhibitor conjugates. The complexes have been synthesized and characterized spectroscopically. The improved antiproliferative activity from the as-prepared complexes in four human cancer cell lines has indicated their potential for further development as antitumor drugs. Cellular uptake study reveals that the most active complex 3 easily entered into cells. Target validation assays show that the complexes inhibited PARP-1 slightly better than the original PARP inhibitors, that complex 3 strongly bound to DNA and inhibited transcription, and that this complex arrested the cell cycle at the G0/G1 stage. This type of information could shed light on the design of the next generation of more active ruthenium-PARP inhibitor conjugates.

  10. Molecular tectonics: p-H-thiacalix[4]arene pyridyl appended positional isomers as tectons for the formation of 1D and 2D mercury coordination networks.

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    Ovsyannikov, A; Ferlay, S; Solovieva, S E; Antipin, I S; Konovalov, A I; Kyritsakas, N; Hosseini, M W

    2013-07-21

    Three p-H-thiacalix[4]arene pyridyl appended coordinating tectons (2-4) in a 1,3-alternate conformation have been prepared and structurally characterised in the solid state. These compounds are positional isomers differing only by the position of the nitrogen atom on the pyridyl ring. Their combinations with HgCl2 lead to the formation of 1- and 2-D neutral mercury coordination networks. Whereas for tecton 2 (ortho isomer) a 2D architecture resulting from the bridging of consecutive tectons by the mononuclear HgCl2 unit is obtained, for tecton 3 (meta isomer) again a 2D network is formed. However, in that case, the interconnection of consecutive organic tectons 3 takes place through a binuclear Hg2Cl4 species. Finally, in the case of tecton 4 (para position), a 1D ribbon type double chain arrangement resulting from the bridging of consecutive tectons by trinuclear Hg3Cl6 units followed by the interconnection of two chains through the fusion of the trinuclear centres into a hexanuclear node is observed.

  11. 3,4,5,6-tetramethylphenanthrene 9,10-oxide: a step on the way to the transition state for nucleophilic ring opening of arene oxides

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    Darnow, J.N.; Armstrong, R.N.

    1987-05-01

    Force field calculations (MM2) and studies of the parent hydrocarbons suggest that 3,4,5,6-tetramethylphenanthrene 9,10-oxide (TMPO) should exist as two kinetically stable enantiomers. Stereoelectronic considerations indicate that the axial chirality of each enantiomer should direct nucleophilic attack to the diastereotopic oxirane carbon that most closely approaches the geometry of the transition state. The two enantiomers of TMPO can be synthesized from the chiral hydrocarbons by direct oxidation. The half-life for racemization of TMPO is 30 min at 25/sup 0/C. The two enantiomers are found to be substrates for glutathione (GSH) transferase and epoxide hydrolase. Isozyme 4-4 of GSH transferase which normally catalyzes addition of GSH to oxirane carbons of R absolute configuration, catalyzes addition to the oxirane carbon of S configuration in the M-isomer of TMPO and of R configuration in the P-isomer. Analogous results are obtained with the epoxide hydrolase catalyzed addition of water. The results suggest that TMPO should be an interesting stereochemical probe of both spontaneous and enzyme catalyzed ring opening reactions of arene oxides.

  12. CMPO-calix[4]arenes with spacer containing intramolecular hydrogen bonding: effect of local rigidification on solvent extraction toward f-block elements.

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    Chu, Hongzhu; He, Lutao; Jiang, Qian; Fang, Yuyu; Jia, Yiming; Yuan, Xiangyang; Zou, Shuliang; Li, Xianghui; Feng, Wen; Yang, Yuanyou; Liu, Ning; Luo, Shunzhong; Yang, Yanqiu; Yang, Liang; Yuan, Lihua

    2014-01-15

    To understand intramolecular hydrogen bonding in effecting liquid-liquid extraction behavior of CMPO-calixarenes, three CMPO-modified calix[4]arenes (CMPO-CA) 5a-5c with hydrogen-bonded spacer were designed and synthesized. The impact of spacer rotation that is hindered by introduction of intramolecular hydrogen bonding upon extraction of La(3+), Eu(3+), Yb(3+), Th(4+), and UO2(2+) has been examined. The results show that 5b and 5c containing only one hydrogen bond with a less hindered rotation spacer extract La(3+) more efficiently than 5a containing two hydrogen bonds with a more hindered rotation spacer, demonstrating the importance of local rigidification of spacer in the design of extractants in influencing the coordination environment. The large difference in extractability between La(3+) and Yb(3+) (or Eu(3+)) by 5b (or 5c), and the small difference by 5a, suggests intramolecular hydrogen bonding do exert pronounced influence upon selective extraction of light and heavy lanthanides. Log-log plot analysis indicates a 1:1, 2:1 and 1:1 stoichiometry (ligand/metal) for the extracted complex formed between 5b and La(3+), Th(4+), UO2(2+), respectively. Additionally, their corresponding acyclic analogs 7a-7c exhibit negligible extraction toward these metal ions. These results reveal the possibility of selective extraction via tuning local chelating surroundings of CMPO-CA by aid of intramolecular hydrogen bonding.

  13. Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Arenes with 2-Halogeno-2-CF3-styrenes under Superacidic Conditions. Access to Trifluoromethylated Ethanes and Ethenes.

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    Sandzhieva, Maria A; Kazakova, Anna N; Boyarskaya, Irina A; Ivanov, Alexandr Yu; Nenajdenko, Valentine G; Vasilyev, Aleksander V

    2016-06-17

    The formation of the corresponding benzyl cations [ArHC(+)-CH(X)CF3] takes place under protonation of E-/Z-2-halogeno-2-CF3 styrenes [ArCH═C(X)CF3, X = F, Cl, Br] in superacids. The structures of these new electrophiles were studied by means of NMR and theoretical DFT calculations. According to these data, in the case of bromo derivatives, the formed cations, most probably, exist as cyclic bromonium ions; however, in the cases of chloro and fluoro derivatives, open forms are more preferable. Subsequent reaction of these benzyl cations with arenes proceeds as Friedel-Crafts alkylation to afford 1,1-diaryl-2-halo-3,3,3-trifluoropropanes [Ar(Ar')CH-CH(X)CF3] in high yields (up to 96%) as a mixture of two diastereomers. The prepared halogenopropanes were easily converted into the corresponding mixtures of E-/Z-trifluoromethylated diarylethenes [Ar(Ar')C═CCF3] (in yields up to 96%) by dehydrohalogenation with base (KOH or t-BuOK). The mechanism of elimination (E2 and Ecb) depends on the nature of the leaving group and reaction conditions.

  14. Light-driven linear helical supramolecular polymer formed by molecular-recognition-directed self-assembly of bis(p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene) and pseudorotaxane.

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    Sun, Ruyi; Xue, Chenming; Ma, Xiang; Gao, Min; Tian, He; Li, Quan

    2013-04-24

    A light-driven, linear, chiral supramolecular polymer was constructed in water by host-guest molecular recognition between bis(p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene) and the α-cyclodextrin-based pseudo[3]rotaxane containing axially chiral 1,1'-binaphthyl and photoresponsive azobenzene moieties. The successful supramolecular polymerization by non-covalent host-guest molecular recognition was confirmed by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, and its photoresponsive behavior was investigated by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The chirality of this supramolecular polymer was confirmed by circular dichroism spectroscopy. The dramatic morphology change of this chiral polymer driven by light was observed in SEM, AFM and TEM images. More interestingly, dynamically self-assembled, light-driven, single-helical linear supramolecular polymer molecules with lengths of hundreds of nanometers to micrometers in water were directly observed in their native state using cryo-TEM measurements. The observation of considerably lengthy individual supramolecular polymer molecules indicates that the molecular self-assembly in water by non-covalent host-guest molecular recognition is sufficiently strong to form the supramolecular polymer. Moreover, preliminary molecular modeling was performed to substantiate this interesting photoresponsive supramolecular structure.

  15. Reactions of N,3-diarylpropiolamides with arenes under superelectrophilic activation: synthesis of 4,4-diaryl-3,4-dihydroquinolin-2(1H)-ones and their derivatives

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    Gurskaya, Larisa Yu; Belyanskaya, Diana S; Ryabukhin, Dmitry S; Nilov, Denis I; Boyarskaya, Irina A

    2016-01-01

    Summary The reaction of 3-aryl-N-(aryl)propiolamides with arenes in TfOH at room temperature for 0.5 h led to 4,4-diaryl-3,4-dihydroquinolin-2-(1H)-ones in yields of 44–98%. The obtained dihydroquinolinones were further transformed into the corresponding N-acyl or N-formyl derivatives. For the latter, the superelectrophilic activation of the N-formyl group by TfOH in the reaction with benzene resulted in the formation of N-(diphenylmethyl)-substituted dihydroquinolinones. PMID:27340485

  16. Chelation-assisted Pd-catalysed ortho-selective oxidative C-H/C-H cross-coupling of aromatic carboxylic acids with arenes and intramolecular Friedel-Crafts acylation: one-pot formation of fluorenones.

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    Sun, Denan; Li, Bijin; Lan, Jingbo; Huang, Quan; You, Jingsong

    2016-03-04

    Pd-Catalysed ortho-selective oxidative C-H/C-H cross-coupling of aromatic carboxylic acids with arenes and subsequent intramolecular Friedel-Crafts acylation has been accomplished for the first time through a chelation-assisted C-H activation strategy. Starting from the readily available substrates, a variety of fluorenone derivatives are obtained in one pot. The direct use of naturally occurring carboxylic acid functionalities as directing groups avoids unnecessary steps for installation and removal of an extra directing group.

  17. Electrophilic arene hydroxylation and phenol O-H oxidations performed by an unsymmetric μ-η(1):η(1)-O2-peroxo dicopper(II) complex.

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    Garcia-Bosch, Isaac; Ribas, Xavi; Costas, Miquel

    2012-02-13

    Reactions of the unsymmetric dicopper(II) peroxide complex [Cu(II)(2)(μ-η(1):η(1)-O(2))(m-XYL(N3N4))](2+) (1 O(2), where m-XYL is a heptadentate N-based ligand), with phenolates and phenols are described. Complex 1 O(2) reacts with p-X-PhONa (X = MeO, Cl, H, or Me) at -90 °C performing tyrosinase-like ortho-hydroxylation of the aromatic ring to afford the corresponding catechol products. Mechanistic studies demonstrate that reactions occur through initial reversible formation of metastable association complexes [Cu(II)(2)(μ-η(1):η(1)-O(2))(p-X-PhO)(m-XYL(N3N4))](+) (1 O(2)⋅X-PhO) that then undergo ortho-hydroxylation of the aromatic ring by the peroxide moiety. Complex 1 O(2) also reacts with 4-X-substituted phenols p-X-PhOH (X = MeO, Me, F, H, or Cl) and with 2,4-di-tert-butylphenol at -90 °C causing rapid decay of 1 O(2) and affording biphenol coupling products, which is indicative that reactions occur through formation of phenoxyl radicals that then undergo radical C-C coupling. Spectroscopic UV/Vis monitoring and kinetic analysis show that reactions take place through reversible formation of ground-state association complexes [Cu(II)(2)(μ-η(1):η(1)-O(2))(X-PhOH)(m-XYL(N3N4))](2+) (1 O(2)⋅X-PhOH) that then evolve through an irreversible rate-determining step. Mechanistic studies indicate that 1 O(2) reacts with phenols through initial phenol binding to the Cu(2)O(2) core, followed by a proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) at the rate-determining step. Results disclosed in this work provide experimental evidence that the unsymmetric 1 O(2) complex can mediate electrophilic arene hydroxylation and PCET reactions commonly associated with electrophilic Cu(2)O(2) cores, and strongly suggest that the ability to form substrate⋅Cu(2)O(2) association complexes may provide paths to overcome the inherent reactivity of the O(2)-binding mode. This work provides experimental evidence that the presence of a H(+) completely determines the

  18. Insights into the binding properties of a cuprous ion embedded in the tren cap of a calix[6]arene and supramolecular trapping of an intermediate.

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    Izzet, Guillaume; Rager, Marie-Noëlle; Reinaud, Olivia

    2007-02-21

    Coordination of Cu(I) to a tren unit that is covalently linked to a calix[6]arene has been explored. The resulting complex revealed itself very stable in solution under an inert atmosphere, but extremely sensitive to O2 in solution as well as in the solid state. Therefore, its binding properties towards non-redox ligands have been studied in detail. The electron-rich metal center displays moderate affinity for nitrilo ligands compared to the calix[6]tris-pyridine ligand. Indeed, the binding enthalpy with acetonitrile is only -30 kJ mol(-1), whereas it is -72 kJ mol(-1) with the tris-pyridine system. In contrast, CO binding is relatively strong due to important pi-back donation from the metal center, as evidenced by the CO stretch, which was found to be less energetic (2075 cm(-1)) than that measured for ligands based on aromatic donors such as imidazole or pyridine. The conformational and dynamic properties of this calix-system have also been studied in detail. With an empty cavity or with the very small CO guest-ligand, the calix-core undergoes partial self-inclusion leading to dissymmetrical conformations. In contrast, nitrilo ligands act as "shoe-trees" that maintain the calix-core in a C(3v) symmetrical cone conformation. Very interestingly, the variable T study relative to the ligand exchange process highlighted a two-step dissociative pathway, where Cu-N bond cleavage/formation is differentiated from the nitrilo guest expulsion/inclusion from/into the calixarene cavity.

  19. Preconcentration and determination of trace silver ion using benzothiazole calix[4]arene modified silica by flow injection flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Waluvanaruk, Jitwilai; Aeungmaitrepirom, Wanlapa; Tuntulani, Thawatchai; Ngamukot, Passapol

    2014-01-01

    The silica gel modified with benzothiazole calix[4]arene (APS-L1) via Schiff's base reaction was applied as a sorbent in an online system for preconcentration and determination of silver ion by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). APS-L1 was used as an effective sorbent for solid phase extraction (SPE) of silver(I) ion in both batch and column methods. The optimum experimental parameters such as pH, eluent type, sample flow rate, eluent volume and eluent flow rate including the effect of interfering ions were investigated. Silver(I) ion was determined at pH 6-7. The capacity of APS-L1 sorbent was found to be 12.2 mg/g of sorbent. The high affinity was obtained without interference from the interfering ions. The optimum conditions of the online flow injection preconcentration coupled with the FAAS (FI-FAAS system) were evaluated. The sample flow rate was 3.0 mL min(-1) using sample volume of 5-10 mL. Elution was performed with 250 μL of 0.1 mol L(-1) thiosulfate at the flow rate of 1.5 mL min(-1). The analytical characteristics and performance of the FI-FAAS system were studied under optimum conditions using a solution spiked with standard silver(I) ion at 20 and 50 μg L(-1). The detection limit of 0.44 μg L(-1) was obtained. The accuracy of the proposed method was evaluated and percentages of recovery at 20 and 50 μg L(-1) were 100.2 and 99.5%, respectively. The percent relative standard deviations (%RSD) at 20 and 50 μg L(-1) were 6.1 and 3.3%, respectively. The developed method was successfully applied to determine trace silver(I) ion in drinking and tap water samples.

  20. Ferrocene and (arene)ruthenium(II) complexes of the natural anticancer naphthoquinone plumbagin with enhanced efficacy against resistant cancer cells and a genuine mode of action.

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    Spoerlein-Guettler, Cornelia; Mahal, Katharina; Schobert, Rainer; Biersack, Bernhard

    2014-09-01

    A series of ferrocene and (arene)ruthenium(II) complexes attached to the naturally occurring anticancer naphthoquinones plumbagin and juglone was tested for efficacy against various cancer cell lines and for alterations in the mode of action. The plumbagin ferrocene and (p-cymene)Ru(II) conjugates 1c and 2a overcame the multi-drug drug resistance of KB-V1/Vbl cervix carcinoma cells and showed IC50 (72 h) values around 1 μM in growth inhibition assays using 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT). They were further investigated for their influence on the cell cycle of KB-V1/Vbl and HCT-116 colon carcinoma cells, on the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by the latter cell line, for their substrate character for the P-glycoprotein drug eflux pump via the calcein-AM efflux assays, and for DNA affinity by the electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA). The derivatives 1c and 2a increased the number of dead cancer cells (sub-G0/G1 fraction) in a dose- and time-dependent manner. ROS levels were significantly increased upon treatment with 1c and 2a. These compounds also showed a greater affinity to linear DNA than plumbagin. While plumbagin did not affect calcein-AM transport by P-glycoprotein the derivatives 1c and 2a exhibited a 50% or 80% inhibition of the P-glycoprotein-mediated calcein-AM efflux relative to the clinically established sensitizer verapamil.

  1. Near-Infrared Fluorescence Detection of Acetylcholine in Aqueous Solution Using a Complex of Rhodamine 800 and p-Sulfonato-calix[8]arene

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    Jin, Takashi

    2010-01-01

    The complexing properties of p-sulfonatocalix[n]arenes (n = 4: S[4], n = 6: S[6], and n = 8: S[8]) for rhodamine 800 (Rh800) and indocyanine green (ICG) were examined to develop a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence detection method for acetylcholine (ACh). We found that Rh800 (as a cation) forms an inclusion complex with S[n], while ICG (as a twitter ion) have no binding ability for S[n]. The binding ability of Rh800 to S[n] decreased in the order of S[8] > S[6] >> S[4]. By the formation of the complex between Rh800 and S[8], fluorescence intensity of the Rh800 was significantly decreased. From the fluorescence titration of Rh800 by S[8], stoichiometry of the Rh800-S[8] complex was determined to be 1:1 with a dissociation constant of 2.2 μM in PBS. The addition of ACh to the aqueous solution of the Rh800-S[8] complex caused a fluorescence increase of Rh800, resulting from a competitive replacement of Rh800 by ACh in the complex. From the fluorescence change by the competitive fluorophore replacement, stoichiometry of the Rh800-ACh complex was found to be 1:1 with a dissociation constant of 1.7 mM. The effects of other neurotransmitters on the fluorescence spectra of the Rh800-S[8] complex were examined for dopamine, GABA, glycine, and l-asparatic acid. Among the neurotransmitters examined, fluorescence response of the Rh800-S[8] complex was highly specific to ACh. Rh800-S[8] complexes can be used as a NIR fluorescent probe for the detection of ACh (5 × 10−4−10−3 M) in PBS buffer (pH = 7.2). PMID:22294934

  2. Diglycolamide-functionalized calix[4]arenes showing unusual complexation of actinide ions in room temperature ionic liquids: role of ligand structure, radiolytic stability, emission spectroscopy, and thermodynamic studies.

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    Mohapatra, Prasanta K; Sengupta, Arijit; Iqbal, Mudassir; Huskens, Jurriaan; Verboom, Willem

    2013-03-04

    Diglycolamide-functionalized calix[4]arenes (C4DGAs) with varying structural modifications were evaluated for actinide complexation from their extraction behavior toward actinide ions such as UO2(2+), Pu(4+), PuO2(2+), and Am(3+) in the room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) 1-n-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonamide (C8mimNTf2). The formation constants were calculated for Am(3+) which showed a significant role of ligand structure, nature of substituents, and spacer length. Although the alkyl substituents on the amidic nitrogen increase the extraction efficiency of americium at lower acidity because of the inductive effect of the alkyl groups, at higher acidity the steric crowding around the ligating site determines the extraction efficiency. All C4DGAs formed 1:1 complexes with Am(3+) while for the analogous Eu(3+) complexes no inner sphere water molecules were detected and the asymmetry of the metal ligand complex differed from one another as proved by time-resolved laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLIFS). Thermodynamic studies indicated that the extraction process, predominant by the Am(3+)-C4DGA complexation reaction, is exothermic. The unique role of the medium on Am(3+) complexation with the C4DGA molecules with varying spacer length, L-IV and L-V, was noticed for the first time with a reversal in the trend observed in the RTIL compared to that seen in a nonpolar molecular diluent like n-dodecane. Various factors leading to a more preorganized structure were responsible for favorable metal ion complexation. The solvent systems show promise to be employed for nuclear waste remediation, and sustainability options were evaluated from radiolytic stability as well as stripping studies.

  3. Towards the design of novel boron- and nitrogen-substituted ammonia-borane and bifunctional arene ruthenium catalysts for hydrogen storage.

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    Bandaru, Sateesh; English, Niall J; Phillips, Andrew D; MacElroy, J M D

    2014-05-05

    Electronic-structure density functional theory calculations have been performed to construct the potential energy surface for H2 release from ammonia-borane, with a novel bifunctional cationic ruthenium catalyst based on the sterically bulky β-diketiminato ligand (Schreiber et al., ACS Catal. 2012, 2, 2505). The focus is on identifying both a suitable substitution pattern for ammonia-borane optimized for chemical hydrogen storage and allowing for low-energy dehydrogenation. The interaction of ammonia-borane, and related substituted ammonia-boranes, with a bifunctional η(6)-arene ruthenium catalyst and associated variants is investigated for dehydrogenation. Interestingly, in a number of cases, hydride-proton transfer from the substituted ammonia-borane to the catalyst undergoes a barrier-less process in the gas phase, with rapid formation of hydrogenated catalyst in the gas phase. Amongst the catalysts considered, N,N-difluoro ammonia-borane and N-phenyl ammonia-borane systems resulted in negative activation energy barriers. However, these types of ammonia-boranes are inherently thermodynamically unstable and undergo barrierless decay in the gas phase. Apart from N,N-difluoro ammonia-borane, the interaction between different types of catalyst and ammonia borane was modeled in the solvent phase, revealing free-energy barriers slightly higher than those in the gas phase. Amongst the various potential candidate Ru-complexes screened, few are found to differ in terms of efficiency for the dehydrogenation (rate-limiting) step. To model dehydrogenation more accurately, a selection of explicit protic solvent molecules was considered, with the goal of lowering energy barriers for H-H recombination. It was found that primary (1°), 2°, and 3° alcohols are the most suitable to enhance reaction rate.

  4. High-performance liquid chromatography with electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry and diode array detection in the identification and quantification of the degradation products of calix[4]arene crown-6 under radiolysis.

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    Lamouroux, C; Aychet, N; Lelièvre, A; Jankowski, C K; Moulin, C

    2004-01-01

    The extraction of 135Cs from high-activity liquid waste, arising from reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, can be achieved by using calix[4]arene crown-6 compounds. The radiolytic degradation of di(n-octyloxy)calix[4]arene crown-6 (octMC6), in aliphatic or aromatic solvent in contact with 3 M nitric acid, was studied by high-performance liquid chromatography directly coupled to electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS). More than 50 distinct degradation products were observed, and about 30 of these were identified. These compounds can be assigned to three categories, namely, products of reactions involving radical cleavage or addition, of oxidation reactions, or of aromatic substitution reactions. The major product, corresponding to substitution by an NO2 group, was quantified by external standard calibration using a purified synthetic sample. Despite the observation of all these degradation compounds, octMC6 appears to be remarkably stable under these drastic conditions, combining hydrolysis (HNO(3) 3 M) and an extreme exposure to radiolysis (10(6) Gy). Less than 35% degradation of octMC6 was observed in aromatic solvent under these conditions.

  5. Copper(I) and silver(I) bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide and their interaction with an arene, diverse olefins, and an NTf2(-)-based ionic liquid.

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    Stricker, Marion; Oelkers, Benjamin; Rosenau, Carl Philipp; Sundermeyer, Jörg

    2013-01-14

    The chemistry of coinage metal bis(triflyl)imides of technological interest, CuNTf(2) and AgNTf(2), their synthesis and complexes with excess of comparatively weakly coordinating NTf(2)(-) as well as with ether, olefins, and the arene mesitylene are described. The existence of the solvent-free pure phase [CuNTf(2)](∞) has not been evidenced so far. Contrary to the literature, in which the preparation of [CuNTf(2)](∞) is supposed to be carried out by reacting mesityl copper, [Cu(Mes)](5), and HNTf(2), we found that in fact this reaction leads reproducibly to the interesting copper diarene sandwich complex [Cu(η(3)-MesH)(2)][Cu(NTf(2))(2)] (1) (MesH = 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene). The unexpectedly stable molecular etherate [Cu(Et(2)O)(NTf(2))] (2) turned out to be the best precursor for CuNTf(2) having only an inert and easily exchangeable solvent ligand. The coordination mode of NTf(2)(-) in 1 and 2 as well as in the hitherto unknown crystalline phase of [AgNTf(2)](∞) (3) is described. The complex formation, which takes place when dissolving 2 or 3 in the room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) [emim]NTf(2) ([emim](+) = 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium), has been studied. Furthermore, the reaction of 1-3 towards the diolefins 1,5-cyclooctadiene (COD), 2,5-norbornadiene (NBD) and isoprene (2-methylbuta-1,3-diene) and towards ethylene has been investigated. The products 4-13 of these conversions have been isolated and fully characterized by NMR- and IR spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, and elemental- and XRD analyses. The potential of [Cu(η(3)-MesH)(2)][Cu(NTf(2))(2)] (1), [Cu(Et(2)O)(NTf(2))] (2) and [AgNTf(2)](∞) (3) as well as of [emim][M(NTf(2))(2)] (M = Cu 4, Ag 5) as chemisorbers for ethylene was studied by NMR spectroscopy.

  6. Interaction of a dinuclear fluorescent Cd(II) complex of calix[4]arene conjugate with phosphates and its applicability in cell imaging.

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    Sreenivasu Mummidivarapu, V V; Hinge, Vijaya Kumar; Rao, Chebrolu Pulla

    2015-01-21

    A triazole-linked hydroxyethylimino conjugate of calix[4]arene () and its cadmium complex have been synthesized and characterized, and their structures have been established. In the complex, both the Cd(2+) centers are bound by an N2O4 core, and one of it is a distorted octahedral, whereas the other is a trigonal anti-prism. The fluorescence intensity of the di-nuclear Cd(ii) complex is quenched only in the presence of phosphates and not with other anions studied owing to their binding affinities and the nature of the interaction of the phosphates with Cd(2+). These are evident even from their absorption spectra. Different phosphates exhibit changes in both their fluorescence as well as absorption spectra to varying extents, suggesting their differential interactions. Among the six phosphates, H2PO4(-) has higher fluorescence quenching even at low equivalents of this ion, whereas P2O7(4-) shows only 50% quenching even at 10 equivalents. The fluorescence quenching is considerable even at 20 ppb (0.2 μM) of H2PO4(-), whereas all other phosphates require a concentration of 50-580 ppb to exhibit the same effect on fluorescence spectra. Thus, the interaction of H2PO4(-) is more effective by ∼30 fold as compared to that of P2O7(4-). Fluorescence quenching by phosphate is due to the release of from its original cadmium complex via the formation of a ternary species followed by the capture of Cd(2+) by the phosphate, as delineated based on the combination of spectral techniques, such as absorption, emission, (1)H NMR and ESI MS. The relative interactive abilities of the six phosphates differ from each other. The removal of Cd(2+) is demonstrated to be reversible by the repeated addition of the phosphate followed by Cd(2+). The characteristics of the ternary species formed in each of these six phosphates have been computationally modeled using molecular mechanics. The computational study revealed that the coordination between cadmium and -CH2-CH2-OH breaks and new

  7. Physicochemical properties and theoretical modeling of actinide complexes with a para-tert-Butylcalix[6]arene bearing phosphinoyl pendants. Extraction capability of the calixarene toward f elements.

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    Ramírez, Flor de María; Varbanov, Sabi; Padilla, Juan; Bünzli, Jean-Claude G

    2008-09-04

    The coordination ability of the hexaphosphinoylated p-tert-butylcalix[6]arene B6bL6 toward actinides is established, as well as its good separation ability of the actinide ions UO2 2+ and Th(IV) over trivalent rare earths such as La(III), Eu(III), and Y(III). Spectrophotometric titration of uranyl with B6bL6 in CH 3CN yields log beta 11 = 7.1 and log beta 12 = 12.5 for the 1:1 and 1:2 (UO2 2+/B 6bL6) species, respectively. Actinide complexes with 1:1 and 1:2 (M/L) stoichiometries are isolated and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, and UV-vis. Compounds 1 and 3 fulfill their CN = 8 just with B 6bL (6), while compounds 2 and 4 require coordinated nitrates and/or water molecules. The luminescence spectra of the uranyl complexes and the parameters such as FWMH, vibronic spacing (upsilon sp), and the U-O bond length, as well as the luminescence lifetimes, permit the understanding of the coordination chemistry of these actinide calixarene complexes. Energy transfer from the B6bL6 ligand to the uranyl ion is demonstrated to be relevant in compound 1 with Q abs = 2.0%. The uranyl complex emission reveals a biexponential decay with tau s from 210 to 220 micros and tau L from 490 to 650 micros for compounds 1 and 3, respectively. The liquid-liquid extraction results demonstrate the good extraction capability of B 6bL (6) toward actinides but not for rare earths at room temperature. The extracted species keeps the 1(cation)/1(calixarene) ratio for the UO2 2+, Th 4+, and Eu 3+ ions. A good capacity of B6bL 6 toward Th4+ ions using aqueous phase 2 containing even up to 0.3 M thorium nitrate and an organic phase of 2.47 x 10 (-4) M B6bL6 in chloroform is found. The spectroscopic properties of the isolated uranyl complexes and the extraction studies reveal a uranophilic nature of B6bL6. The molecular modeling results are in good agreement with the experimental findings.

  8. Detoxification of VX and Other V‐Type Nerve Agents in Water at 37 °C and pH 7.4 by Substituted Sulfonatocalix[4]arenes

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    Schneider, Christian; Bierwisch, Anne; Koller, Marianne; Worek, Franz

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Sulfonatocalix[4]arenes with an appended hydroxamic acid residue can detoxify VX and related V‐type neurotoxic organophosphonates with half‐lives down to 3 min in aqueous buffer at 37 °C and pH 7.4. The detoxification activity is attributed to the millimolar affinity of the calixarene moiety for the positively charged organophosphonates in combination with the correct arrangement of the hydroxamic acid group. The reaction involves phosphonylation of the hydroxamic acid followed by a Lossen rearrangement, thus rendering the mode of action stoichiometric rather than catalytic. Nevertheless, these calixarenes are currently the most efficient low‐molecular‐weight compounds for detoxifying persistent V‐type nerve agents under mild conditions. They thus represent lead structures for novel antidotes that allow treatment of poisonings by these highly toxic chemicals. PMID:27627873

  9. New self-assembled material based on Ru nanoparticles and 4-sulfocalix[4]arene as an efficient and recyclable catalyst for reduction of brilliant yellow azo dye in water: a new model catalytic reaction

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    Rambabu, Darsi; Pradeep, Chullikkattil P.; Dhir, Abhimanew

    2016-12-01

    New self-assembled material ( Ru@SC) with ruthenium nanoparticles (Ru NPs) and 4-sulfocalix[4]arene (SC) is synthesized in water at room temperature. Ru@SC is characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis, FT-IR, powder x-ray diffraction, TEM and SEM analysis. The size of Ru nanoparticles in the self-assembly is approximately 5 nm. The self-assembled material Ru@SC shows an efficient catalytic reduction of toxic `brilliant yellow' (BY) azo dye. The reduced amine products were successfully separated and confirmed by single-crystal XRD, NMR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Ru@SC showed a better catalytic activity in comparison with commercial catalysts Ru/C (ruthenium on charcoal 5 %) and Pd/C (palladium on charcoal 5 and 10 %). The catalyst also showed a promising recyclability and heterogeneous nature as a catalyst for reduction of `BY' azo dye.

  10. Words Aren't Cheap

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    Rockwell, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Textbooks are a crushingly substantial portion of students' costs every semester, and they're getting more expensive every year. With the cost of some individual textbooks surpassing a monthly cable television bill, students are moving to relieve that economic pressure by renting textbooks instead of buying them new or used. The idea of renting…

  11. Facts Aren't Enough.

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    Lerrigo, Marion O.; Southard, Helen

    This pamphlet is designed for adults who have any responsibility for children or youth that may create a need for an understanding of sex education. Chapter One discusses the nature of sex education, including attitudes, love, and sex education in present times. Chapter Two discusses assets of the adult sex education: (1) learning from one's own…

  12. Differentiating phosphates by an Mg(2+) complex of the conjugate of calix[4]arene via the formation of ternary species and causing changes in the aggregation: spectroscopy, microscopy, and computational modeling.

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    Nehra, Anita; Yarramala, Deepthi S; Hinge, Vijaya Kumar; Samanta, Kushal; Rao, Chebrolu Pulla

    2015-09-15

    A phenylene diimine capped conjugate of 1,3-calix[4]arene (L) was synthesized and characterized, and its Mg(2+) complex has been isolated and characterized. The chemo sensing ensemble of Mg(2+) bound L provides distinguishable features of response toward phosphates, viz., HPO4(2-), P2O7(4-), and AMP(2-) (Set A) and H2PO4(-), ATP(2-), and ADP(2-) (Set B). While the Set A shows the formation of ternary complex, the Set B does not exhibit any intermediate complex, but both show the release of Mg(2+) and L at different equivalents. The structures of {L + Mg(2+)} and its phosphate bound ternary complexes have been established by computational calculations, and the corresponding results agree well with the experimental ones. The microscopy studies show an aggregation-disaggregation phenomenon in the presence of different equivalents of phosphates in both of the sets. Using the fluorescence data, an INHIBIT logic gate has been built.

  13. Spectrophotometric Determination of Cr(III) and Pb(II) Using Their Complexes with 5,11,17,23-Tetra[(2-ethyl acetoethoxyphenyl)(azo)phenyl]calix[4]arene

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    Van Tan, Le; Quang Hieu, Tran; Van Cuong, Nguyen

    2015-01-01

    New complexes of 5,11,17,23-tetra[(2-ethyl acetoethoxyphenyl)(azo)phenyl]calix[4]arene (TEAC) with Pb(II) and Cr(III) were prepared in basic solution with a mixture of MeOH and H2O as solvent. The ratio of TEAC and metal ion in complexes was found to be 1 : 1 under investigated condition. The complex formation constants (based on Benesi-Hildebrand method) for TEAC-Pb(II) and TEAC-Cr(III) were 4.03 × 104 and 1.2 × 104, respectively. Additionally, the molar extinction coefficients were 5 × 104 and 1.42 × 104 for TEAC-Pb(II) and TEAC-Cr(III), respectively. The H-Point Standard Addition Method (HPSAM) has been applied for simultaneous determination of complexes formation of Cr(III)/Pb(II) and TEAC with concentration from 2 : 1 to 1 : 20 (w/w). The proposed method was successfully utilized to invest lead and chromium contents in plating wastewater samples. The results for several analyzed samples were found to be in satisfied agreement with those acquired by using the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) technique. PMID:25984379

  14. Highly selective transport of a uranyl ion through a liquid membrane containing a lipophilic ion-associate of methyltrioctylammonium and hydroxycalix[n]arene-p-sulfonates (n = 6, 8) as metal carriers.

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    Kondo, Hirotomo; Nishida, Masashi; Yoshida, Isao

    2002-02-01

    Uranyl ion, UO2(2+), in an aqueous sodium hydrogen carbonate solution of pH 4-8 (source phase) was simultaneously and selectively transported into a dilute sulfuric acid solution (receiving phase) through a membrane (chloroform, bulk) containing a lipophilic ion-associate of methyltrioctylammonium ion and hydroxycalix[n]arene-p-sulfonate ion, 2n (n = 6, 8), MTA+-2n, as a metal carrier. The rate of transport increased in proportion to the concentrations of UO2(2+) in the source phase and carrier in the membrane and along with an increase in the temperature of the system. The rate was also increased along with an increase in the pH of the source phase. None of the other metal ions were transported, or obstructed the transport of UO2(2+), while the presence of large amounts of sodium hydrogencarbonate and sodium chloride in the source phase interfered with the transport by causing a delay in the start of transport.

  15. Effects of alkoxy groups on arene rings of lignin β-O-4 model compounds on the efficiencies of single electron transfer-promoted photochemical and enzymatic C-C Bond Cleavage Reactions.

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    Lim, Suk Hyun; Nahm, Keepyung; Ra, Choon Sup; Cho, Dae Won; Yoon, Ung Chan; Latham, John A; Dunaway-Mariano, Debra; Mariano, Patrick S

    2013-09-20

    To gain information about how alkoxy substitution in arene rings of β-O-4 structural units within lignin governs the efficiencies/rates of radical cation C1-C2 bond cleavage reactions, single electron transfer (SET) photochemical and lignin peroxidase-catalyzed oxidation reactions of dimeric/tetrameric model compounds have been explored. The results show that the radical cations derived from less alkoxy-substituted dimeric β-O-4 models undergo more rapid C1-C2 bond cleavage than those of more alkoxy-substituted analogues. These findings gained support from the results of DFT calculations, which demonstrate that C1-C2 bond dissociation energies of β-O-4 radical cations decrease as the degree of alkoxy substitution decreases. In SET reactions of tetrameric compounds consisting of two β-O-4 units, containing different degrees of alkoxy substitution, regioselective radical cation C-C bond cleavage was observed to occur in one case at the C1-C2 bond in the less alkoxy-substituted β-O-4 moiety. However, regioselective C1-C2 cleavage in the more alkoxy-substituted β-O-4 moiety was observed in another case, suggesting that other factors might participate in controlling this process. These observations show that lignins containing greater proportions of less rather than more alkoxylated rings as part of β-O-4 units would be more efficiently cleaved by SET mechanisms.

  16. 7-Amino-5-methyl-2-phenyl-6-(phenyldiazenyl)pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine crystallizes with Z' = 2: pseudosymmetry and the formation of complex sheets built from N-H...N and C-H...pi(arene) hydrogen bonds.

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    Portilla, Jaime; Estupiñan, Diego; Cobo, Justo; Glidewell, Christopher

    2010-03-01

    The title compound, C(19)H(16)N(6), crystallizes with Z' = 2 in the space group P2(1)/n. The two molecules in the selected asymmetric unit are approximate mirror images of one another; most corresponding pairs of atoms are related by an approximate half-cell translation along [100]. Each molecule contains an intramolecular N-H...N hydrogen bond and the molecules are linked into complex sheets by a combination of two intermolecular N-H...N and four C-H...pi(arene) hydrogen bonds. Comparisons are made with some other 7-aminopyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines.

  17. Mimicking the Regulation Step of Fe-Monooxygenases: Allosteric Modulation of Fe(IV) -Oxo Formation by Guest Binding in a Dinuclear Zn(II) -Fe(II) Calix[6]arene-Based Funnel Complex.

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    Ségaud, Nathalie; De Thomasson, Constance; Daverat, Caroline; Sénéchal-David, Katell; Dos Santos, Amandine; Steinmetz, Vincent; Maître, Philippe; Rebilly, Jean-Noël; Banse, Frédéric; Reinaud, Olivia

    2017-02-24

    A heteroditopic ligand associated with a calix[6]arene scaffold bearing a tris(imidazole) coordinating site at its small rim and an amine/pyridine ligand at its large rim has been prepared, and its regioselective coordination to Zn(II) at the small rim and Fe(II) in the amine/pyridine ligand has been achieved. The heterodinuclear complex obtained displays an overall cone conformation capped by the tris(imidazole)Zn(II) moiety and bears a non-heme Fe(II) complex at its base. Each of the metal centers exhibits one labile position, allowing the coordination inside the cavity of a guest alkylamine at Zn(II) and the generation of reaction intermediates (Fe(III) (OOH) and Fe(IV) O) at the large rim. A dependence between the chain length of the encapsulated alkylamine and the distribution of Fe(III) (OOH) intermediates and Fe(III) (OMe) is observed. In addition, it is shown that the generation of the Fe(IV) O intermediate is enhanced by addition of the alkylamine guest. Hence, this supramolecular system gathers the three levels of reactivity control encountered in oxidoreductases: i) control of the Fe(II) redox properties through its first coordination sphere, allowing us to generate high valent reactive species; ii) control of guest binding through a hydrophobic funnel that drives its alkyl chain next to the reactive iron complex, thus mimicking the binding pocket of natural systems; iii) guest-modulated reactivity of the Fe(II) center towards oxidants.

  18. Computational investigation of the binding mode of bis(hydroxylphenyl)arenes in 17β-HSD1: molecular dynamics simulations, MM-PBSA free energy calculations, and molecular electrostatic potential maps

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    Negri, Matthias; Recanatini, Maurizio; Hartmann, Rolf W.

    2011-09-01

    17β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (17β-HSD1) catalyzes the last step of the estrogen biosynthesis, namely the reduction of estrone to the biologically potent estradiol. As such it is a potentially attractive drug target for the treatment of estrogen-dependent diseases like breast cancer and endometriosis. 17β-HSD1 belongs to the bisubstrate enzymes and exists as an ensemble of conformations. These principally differ in the region of the βFαG'-loop, suggesting a prominent role in substrate and inhibitor binding. Although several classes of potent non-steroidal 17β-HSD1 inhibitors currently exist, their binding mode is still unclear. We aimed to elucidate the binding mode of bis(hydroxyphenyl)arenes, a highly potent class of 17β-HSD1 inhibitors, and to rank these compounds correctly with respect to their inhibitory potency, two essential aspects in drug design. Ensemble docking experiments resulted in a steroidal binding mode for the closed enzyme conformations and in an alternative mode for the opened and occluded conformers with the inhibitors placed below the NADPH interacting with it synergically via π-π stacking and H-bond formation. Both binding modes were investigated by MD simulations and MM-PBSA binding free energy estimations using as representative member for this class compound 1 (50 nM). Notably, only the alternative binding mode proved stable and was energetically more favorable, while when simulated in the steroidal binding mode compound 1 was displaced from the active site. In parallel, ab initio studies of small NADPH-inhibitor complexes were performed, which supported the importance of the synergistic interaction between inhibitors and cofactor.

  19. Pillar[6]arene/paraquat molecular recognition in water: high binding strength, pH-responsiveness, and application in controllable self-assembly, controlled release, and treatment of paraquat poisoning.

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    Yu, Guocan; Zhou, Xiangyan; Zhang, Zibin; Han, Chengyou; Mao, Zhengwei; Gao, Changyou; Huang, Feihe

    2012-11-28

    The complexation between a water-soluble pillar[6]arene (WP6) and paraquat (G1) in water was investigated. They could form a stable 1:1 [2]pseudorotaxane with an extremely high association constant of (1.02 ± 0.10) × 10(8) M(-1) mainly driven by electrostatic interactions, hydrophobic interactions, and π-π stacking interactions. This molecular recognition has not only high binding strength but also pH-responsiveness. The threading and dethreading processes of this [2]pseudorotaxane could be reversibly controlled by changing the solution pH. This novel recognition motif was further used to control the aggregation of a complex between WP6 and an amphiphilic paraquat derivative (G2) in water. The reversible transformations between micelles based on G2 and vesicles based on WP6⊃G2 were realized by adjusting the solution pH due to the pH-responsiveness of WP6. The controlled release of water-soluble dye molecules from the vesicles could be achieved by the collapse of the vesicles into the micelles upon changing the solution pH to acidity. Additionally, the high binding affinity between WP6 and paraquat could be utilized to efficiently reduce the toxicity of paraquat. After the formation of a stable host-guest complex between WP6 and paraquat, less opportunity was available for paraquat to interact with the reducing agents in the cell, which made the generation of its radical cation more difficult, resulting in the efficient reduction of paraquat toxicity.

  20. Cell cycle, apoptosis, cellular uptake and whole-transcriptome microarray gene expression analysis of HeLa cells treated with a ruthenium(II)-arene complex with an isoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid ligand.

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    Jovanović, Katarina K; Tanić, Miljana; Ivanović, Ivanka; Gligorijević, Nevenka; Dojčinović, Biljana P; Radulović, Siniša

    2016-10-01

    Ruthenium(II)-arene complexes are promising drug candidates for the therapy of solid tumors. In previous work, seven new compounds of the general formula [Ru(η(6)-p-cymene)(L(1-7))Cl] were synthesized and characterized, of which the complex with L=isoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid (RuT7) was two times as active on HeLa cells compared to normal cell line MRC-5, as indicated by IC50 values determined after 48h of incubation (45.4±3.0 vs. 84.2±5.7μM, respectively). In the present study, cell cycle analysis of HeLa cells treated with RuT7 showed S phase arrest and an increase in sub-G1 population. The apoptotic potential of the title compound was confirmed with the Annexin V-FITC/PI assay together with a morphological evaluation of cells using fluorescent microscopy. Analysis of the intracellular accumulation of ruthenium showed 8.9ng Ru/10(6) cells after 6h of incubation. To gain further insight in the molecular mechanism of action of RuT7 on HeLa cells, a whole-transcriptome microarray gene expression analysis was performed. Analysis of functional categories and signaling and biochemical pathways associated with the response of HeLa cells to treatment with RuT7 showed that it leads the cells through the intrinsic (mitochondrial) apoptotic pathway, via indirect DNA damage due to the action of reactive oxygen species, and through direct DNA binding of RuT7. Statistical analysis for enrichment of gene sets associated with known drug-induced toxicities identified fewer associated toxicity profiles in RuT7-treated cells compared to cisplatin treatment. Altogether these results provide the basis for further development of RuT7 in animal and pre-clinical studies as a potential drug candidate.

  1. 7-Amino-5-methyl-2-phenyl-6-(phenyl­diazenyl)pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine crystallizes with Z′ = 2: pseudosymmetry and the formation of complex sheets built from N—H⋯N and C—H⋯π(arene) hydrogen bonds

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    Portilla, Jaime; Estupiñan, Diego; Cobo, Justo; Glidewell, Christopher

    2010-01-01

    The title compound, C19H16N6, crystallizes with Z′ = 2 in the space group P21/n. The two mol­ecules in the selected asym­metric unit are approximate mirror images of one another; most corresponding pairs of atoms are related by an approximate half-cell translation along [100]. Each mol­ecule contains an intra­molecular N—H⋯N hydrogen bond and the mol­ecules are linked into complex sheets by a combination of two inter­molecular N—H⋯N and four C—H⋯π(arene) hydrogen bonds. Comparisons are made with some other 7-amino­pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines. PMID:20203410

  2. The Chemistry of Mesitylgallium(3) Derivatives as Arene Ligands in Metal Carbonyl Complexes. Crystal and Molecular Structures of ((CO)3Mo(Eta 6- C6Me3H2))Ga(C6Me3H2)2 and ((CO)3Mo(Eta 6-C6Me3H2))2GA(C6Me3H2)

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    1988-12-16

    useful neutral 6 6 6amphoteric ligands include PhB (NMe2 )2 , PhB (OMe)2 , PhB (C 5Ho10 ) and PhB (CH2CH(Me)C2H4 ) 6 . An anionic arene-transition metal...recrystallized from an appropriate solvent system. Synthesis of [(CO)3MoNes]2Ga~es. The complex [(CO) 3MoMes]2GaMes was prepared by refluxing a...2.22 (s, p-Me, 3 H); IR (DME, v(CO), cm- I) 1960 (sh, s), 1951 (vs), 1879 (vs). Anal. Caled: C, 50.35; H, 4.22. Found: C, 50.56; H, 4.24. Synthesis

  3. Organic Chemistry Self Instructional Package 17: Arenes.

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    Zdravkovich, V.

    This booklet, one of a series of 17 developed at Prince George's Community College, Largo, Maryland, provides an individualized, self-paced undergraduate organic chemistry instruction module designed to augment any course in organic chemistry but particularly those taught using the text "Organic Chemistry" by Morrison and Boyd. The…

  4. When salaries aren't secret.

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    Case, J

    2001-05-01

    No one seemed to think Treece McDavitt was a malevolent employee. "Just mischievous," one person said. Whatever her motivation, the day before Treece was to leave RightNow!, an off-price women's fashion retailer, the 26-year-old computer wizard accessed HR's files and e-mailed employees' salaries to the entire staff. Now everyone knows what everyone else is making; they are either infuriated that they are making too little or embarrassed that they are making too much. Salary disparities are out there for everyone to see, and CEO Hank Adamson has to do something to smooth things over. Hank's trusted advisers talk extensively with the CEO about his options, ultimately coming down on two sides. Charlie Herald, vice president of human resources, takes a "You get a lemon, you make lemonade" approach: keep making the salaries public to ensure fairness and to push employees to higher performance, he advises. Meanwhile, CFO Harriet Duval sees the need for damage control: apologize, clean up the company's compensation system, and continue to keep--or at least try to keep--salaries private, she says. Should Hank side with Charlie or Harriet? Or perhaps find a compromise between their two views? What should he do about this serious salary debacle? Four commentators offer their advice on the problem presented in this fictional case study.

  5. Electronically Active Cyclocarborane-Metal-Arene Assemblies

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    1992-07-31

    Boron," Organometallics, 1990, 9, 1177. J. H. Davis, Jr., M. A. Benvenuto , and R. N. Grimes, "Organotransition-Metal Metalla- carboranes. 18. rY6, nl...3061. M. A. Benvenuto and R. N. Grimes, "Organotransition-Metal Metallacarboranes. 20. Bu 4N*F Fluoride-Catalyzed C-Si Bond Cleavage in Cp*Co(MeSi...Organometallic Synthesis", Chem. Rev. 1992, 92 251. M. A. Benvenuto and R. N. Grimes, "Organotransition-Metal Metallacarboranes. 28. Controlled Substitution at

  6. Rocks Are Boring--Aren't They?

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    Lievesley, Tara

    2014-01-01

    The new English Curriculum requiring not only the study of sedimentary and igneous rocks but also understanding of fossil formation, is a great opportunity to make this one of the most exciting units any science teacher can present. When an animal or plant dies, it "disappears" completely as it is degraded by a range of organisms. It may…

  7. Lice Aren't So Nice

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    ... bedding, hats, clothing, and stuffed animals in hot water. Or he or she can seal these things in airtight bags for 10 days. That also will kill the lice and their eggs. Vacuuming the carpets, upholstery, and car seats will take care of any lice that ...

  8. Lice Aren't So Nice

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    ... scratching can lead to scalp infections. continue Lice Love Everyone Because lice are parasites, they will set ... lice are dirty doesn't know that lice love everyone and that includes the cleanest kid in ...

  9. Harried Principals Aren't Helpful Principals

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    Connolly, Mike

    2007-01-01

    A harried leader is not a helpful leader. Schools need calm, well-balanced, helpful leaders as much as they need visionary ones. In fact, in this era of frenetic change in schools, principals should devote at least as much time to helping teachers be more focused and less frantic as they do to formulating new visions for the school or embarking on…

  10. Why Organizations Still Aren't Learning.

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    Training, 1999

    1999-01-01

    In an interview, Peter Senge discusses results of efforts to turn companies into learning organizations, how to effect change, systems thinking, the importance of a powerful head of an organization, and the difference between organizational learning and a learning organization. (JOW)

  11. The influence of arene-ring size on stacking interaction with canonical base pairs

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    Formánek, Martin; Burda, Jaroslav V.

    2014-04-01

    Stacking interactions between aromatic molecules (benzene, p-cymene, biphenyl, and di- and tetra-hydrogen anthracene) and G.C and A.T canonical Watson-Crick (WC) base pairs are explored. Two functionals with dispersion corrections: ω-B97XD and B3LYP-D3 are used. For a comparison also the MP2 and B3LYP-D3/PCM methods were used for the most stable p-cymene…WC geometries. It was found that the stacking interaction increases with the size of π-conjugation system. Its extent is in agreement with experimental finding on anticancer activity of Ru(II) piano-stool complexes where intercalation of these aromatic molecules should play an important role. The explored structures are considered as ternary system so that decomposition of the interaction energy to pairwise and non-additivity contributions is also examined.

  12. The Kids Are Alright...Aren't They?

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    Duffield, Nigel

    2009-01-01

    In this commentary three aspects of the feature-based model that Lardiere assumes are discussed: the value of formalization in the investigation of second language acquisition, the extent to which native speakers converge on the same grammatical representations, and the length of time it takes to establish a mature native grammar. These factors…

  13. A cobalt complex of a microbial arene oxidation product

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    2011-01-01

    We report the first synthesis of a cobalt Cp diene complex wherein the diene is derived by microbial dearomatising dihydroxylation of an aromatic ring. The complex has been characterised crystallographically and its structure is compared to that of an uncomplexed diene precursor. PMID:22152033

  14. Prenatal Vitamins: OK for Women Who Aren't Pregnant?

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    ... and women age 51 and older and all adult men need only 8 mg a day. Getting too much iron can be toxic because it can build up in your body, causing constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and, in severe cases, possibly death. Calcium. Pregnant adult women and healthy men and women ages 19 ...

  15. Hot Jupiters Aren't As Lonely As We Thought

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    Kohler, Susanna

    2016-01-01

    The Friends of Hot Jupiters (FOHJ) project is a systematic search for planetary- and stellar-mass companions in systems that have known hot Jupiters short-period, gas-giant planets. This survey has discovered that many more hot Jupiters may have companions than originally believed.Missing FriendsFOHJ was begun with the goal of better understanding the systems that host hot Jupiters, in order to settle several longstanding issues.The first problem was one of observational statistics. We know that roughly half of the Sun-like stars nearby are in binary systems, yet weve only discovered a handful of hot Jupiters around binaries. Are binary systems less likely to host hot Jupiters? Or have we just missed the binary companions in the hot-Jupiter-hosting systems weve seen so far?An additional issue relates to formation mechanisms. Hot Jupiters probably migrated inward from where they formed out beyond the ice lines in protoplanetary disks but how?This median-stacked image, obtained with adaptive optics, shows one of the newly-discovered stellar companions to a star hosting a hot Jupiter. The projected separation is ~180 AU. [Ngo et al. 2015]Observations reveal two populations of hot Jupiters: those with circular orbits aligned with their hosts spins, and those with eccentric, misaligned orbits. The former population support a migration model dominated by local planet-disk interactions, whereas the latter population suggest the hot Jupiters migrated through dynamical interactions with distant companions. A careful determination of the companion rate in hot-Jupiter-hosting systems could help establish the ability of these two models to explain the observed populations.Search for CompanionsThe FOHJ project began in 2012 and studied 51 systems hosting known, transiting hot Jupiters with roughly half on circular, aligned orbits and half on eccentric, misaligned orbits. The survey consisted of three different, complementary components:Study 1Lead author: Heather Knutson (Caltech)Technique: Long-term radial velocity monitoringSearching for: Planetary companions at 120 AU from the starStudy 2Lead author: Henry Ngo (Caltech)Technique: Adaptive-optics imagingSearching for: Stellar companions at 502000 AU from the starStudy 3Lead author: Danielle Piskorz (Caltech)Technique: SpectroscopySearching for: Any additional stellar companions at 125 AU from the starThe companion fraction found within Study 2, the adaptive-optics imagine search. The three curves show the total, the systems with hot Jupiters on aligned and circular orbits, and those with hot Jupiters on misaligned and eccentric orbits. [Ngo et al. 2015]Migration ImplicationsUsing these three different techniques, the team found a significant number of both planetary and stellar companions that had not been previously detected. After correcting their results for completeness, they found a multiple-star rate of ~50% for these systems, resolving the problem of the missing companions. So really, we just werent looking hard enough for the companions previously.Intriguingly, the binary companion rate found for these hot Jupiter systems is higher than the average rate for the field stars (which is below 25% for the semimajor-axis range the FOHJ studies are sensitive to). This suggests that companion stars may indeed play a role in hot Jupiter formation and migration.That said, none of the three studies found a significant difference in the binary fraction for aligned versus misaligned hot Jupiters which means that the answer is not as simple as thought, with companion stars causing the misaligned planets. Thus, while hot Jupiters friends may play a role in their formation and migration, we still have work to do in understanding what that role is.CitationDanielle Piskorz et al 2015 ApJ 814 148. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/814/2/148Henry Ngo et al 2015 ApJ 800 138. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/800/2/138Heather A. Knutson et al 2014 ApJ 785 126. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/785/2/126

  16. Science: What Reptiles Are and Aren't

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    Axelrod, Gerry S.

    1978-01-01

    Many children have an enormous fascination for reptiles of all kinds--snakes, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, alligators and lizards. Whatever the reason for their interest, you can channel the enthusiasm of reptile fans and build the interest of curious students with a few simple activities, e.g., getting acquainted with reptile characteristics…

  17. Sometimes the Holidays Aren't Always Jolly

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    ... your priority is you and your family," Patricia Woods, director of the liaison service at NewYork-Presbyterian ... them to be someone else on a holiday," Woods advised. Identify things that caused you the most ...

  18. Why aren't there more Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)?

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    Parrish, D.L.; Behnke, R.J.; Gephard, S.R.; McCormick, S.D.; Reeves, G.H.

    1998-01-01

    Numbers of wild anadromous Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) have declined demonstrably throughout their native range. The current status of runs on rivers historically supporting salmon indicate widespread declines and extirpations in Europe and North America primarily in southern portions of the range. Many of these declines or extirpations can be attributed to the construction of mainstem dams, pollution (including acid rain), and total dewatering of streams. Purported effects on declines during the 1960s through the 1990s include overfishing, and more recently, changing ocean conditions, and intensive aquaculture. Most factors affecting salmon numbers do not act singly, but rather in concert, which masks the relative contribution of each factor. Salmon researchers and managers should not look for a single culprit in declining numbers of salmon, but rather, seek solutions through rigorous data gathering and testing of multiple effects integrated across space and time.

  19. Introductory Biology Labs... They Just Aren't Sexy Enough!

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    Cotner, Sehoya; Gallup, Gordon G., Jr.

    2011-01-01

    The typical introductory biology curriculum includes the nature of science, evolution and genetics. Laboratory activities are designed to engage students in typical subject areas ranging from cell biology and physiology, to ecology and evolution. There are few, if any, laboratory classes exploring the biology and evolution of human sexual…

  20. Urinary Incontinence Surgery: When Other Treatments Aren't Enough

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    ... two main categories: sling procedures and bladder neck suspension procedures. For a sling procedure, your surgeon uses ... after surgery while you heal. A bladder neck suspension reinforces the urethra and bladder neck so that ...

  1. Errors in Mathematics Aren't Always Bad

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    Gordon, Sheldon P.

    2011-01-01

    In mathematics, as in baseball, the conventional wisdom is to avoid errors at all costs. That advice might be on target in baseball, but in mathematics, avoiding errors is not always a good idea. Sometimes an analysis of errors provides much deeper insights into mathematical ideas. Certain types of errors, rather than something to be eschewed, can…

  2. Why equalising trade-offs aren't always neutral.

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    Turnbull, Lindsay A; Rees, Mark; Purves, Drew W

    2008-10-01

    Equalising trade-offs, such as seed mass vs. number, have been invoked to reconcile neutral theory with observed differences between species. This is an appealing explanation for the dramatic seed size variation seen within guilds of otherwise similar plants: under size-symmetric competition, where resource capture is proportional to mass, the outcome of competition should be insensitive to whether species produce many small seeds or few large ones. However, under this assumption, stochastic variation in seed rain leads to exclusion of all but the smallest-seeded species. Thus stochasticity in seed arrivals, a process that was previously thought to generate drift, instead results in deterministic competitive exclusion. A neutral outcome is possible under one special case of a more general equalising framework, where seed mass affects survival but not competition. Further exploration of the feasibility of neutral trade-offs is needed to understand the respective roles of neutrality and niche structure in community dynamics.

  3. Sweetening ruthenium and osmium: organometallic arene complexes containing aspartame.

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    Gray, Jennifer C; Habtemariam, Abraha; Winnig, Marcel; Meyerhof, Wolfgang; Sadler, Peter J

    2008-09-01

    The novel organometallic sandwich complexes [(eta(6)-p-cymene)Ru(eta(6)-aspartame)](OTf)(2) (1) (OTf = trifluoromethanesulfonate) and [(eta(6)-p-cymene)Os(eta(6)-aspartame)](OTf)(2) (2) incorporating the artificial sweetener aspartame have been synthesised and characterised. A number of properties of aspartame were found to be altered on binding to either metal. The pK(a) values of both the carboxyl and the amino groups of aspartame are lowered by between 0.35 and 0.57 pH units, causing partial deprotonation of the amino group at pH 7.4 (physiological pH). The rate of degradation of aspartame to 3,6-dioxo-5-phenylmethylpiperazine acetic acid (diketopiperazine) increased over threefold from 0.12 to 0.36 h(-1) for 1, and to 0.43 h(-1) for 2. Furthermore, the reduction potential of the ligand shifted from -1.133 to -0.619 V for 2. For the ruthenium complex 1 the process occurred in two steps, the first (at -0.38 V) within a biologically accessible range. This facilitates reactions with biological reductants such as ascorbate. Binding to and activation of the sweet taste receptor was not observed for these metal complexes up to concentrations of 1 mM. The factors which affect the ability of metal-bound aspartame to interact with the receptor site are discussed.

  4. Why aren't women sticking with science in Taiwan?

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    Cheng, Ling-Fang

    2010-06-01

    This paper explores the factors that contribute to the "leaky pipeline" in science, technology and medicine in Taiwan. The term "leaky pipeline" refers to the steady attrition of women throughout their careers in science, technology and medicine-fields in which men constitute the majority. As a result of this attrition, women are under-represented in the top positions. This phenomenon has been well studied in the United States, and based on the available data in the Chinese and English-language literature, this paper focuses on: (1) the social-cultural factors that keep young women away from science and medicine; (2) the difficulties faced by woman scientists when trying to balance work and family responsibilities; and (3) the impact of the pervasive masculine culture on training and promotion in career development. Conclusions include suggestions for improvements for equality between the sexes in science education, family responsive policies, and institutional reform.

  5. Dirhodium Catalyzed C-H Arene Amination using Hydroxylamines

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    Paudyal, Mahesh P.; Adebesin, Adeniyi Michael; Burt, Scott R.; Ess, Daniel H.; Ma, Zhiwei; Kürti, László; Falck, John R.

    2016-01-01

    Primary and N-alkyl arylamine motifs are key functional groups in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and functional materials as well as in bioactive natural products. However, there is a dearth of generally applicable methods for the direct replacement of aryl hydrogens with –NH2/-NH-alkyl moieties. Here, we present a mild dirhodium-catalyzed C-H amination for conversion of structurally diverse monocyclic and fused aromatics to the corresponding primary and N-alkyl arylamines using either NH2/NHalkyl-O-(sulfonyl)hydroxylamines as aminating agents; the relatively weak RSO2O-N bond functions as an internal oxidant. The methodology is operationally simple, scalable, and fast at or below ambient temperature, furnishing arylamines in moderate-to-good yields and with good regioselectivity. It can be readily extended to the synthesis of fused N-heterocycles. PMID:27609890

  6. Strategies in organic synthesis for condensed arenes, coronene, and graphene.

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    Tran-Van, Anne-Florence; Wegner, Hermann A

    2014-01-01

    Graphene-type structures are without doubt one of the most exciting carbon-based materials known. Although graphene is mostly prepared by physical methods (CVD, exfoliation), organic synthesis represents a powerful alternative to access graphene-type structures in a selective and reproducible manner. Although graphene has been hyped as a "new" material, the resemblance to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) offers a long history in organic chemistry on which all new endeavors are built. In this review we demonstrate the state-of-the-art of organic synthetic strategies for the preparation of graphene-type structures on selected examples.

  7. Why Aren't They Called Probability Intervals?

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    Devlin, Thomas F.

    2008-01-01

    This article offers suggestions for teaching confidence intervals, a fundamental statistical tool often misinterpreted by beginning students. A historical perspective presenting the interpretation given by their inventor is supported with examples and the use of technology. A method for determining confidence intervals for the seldom-discussed…

  8. When Children Aren't Ready for Kindergarten.

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    Holloway, John H.

    2003-01-01

    Research suggests that delayed entry into kindergarten has a better chance than kindergarten retention of helping at-risk children avoid school failure. Educators are cautioned to take into account the interactions among race and ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and age. Some researchers view full-day kindergarten as one way of providing…

  9. Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us

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    Florida, Richard

    2013-01-01

    Everyone has an opinion about technology. Depending on whom you ask, it will either: a) Liberate us from the drudgery of everyday life, rescue us from disease and hardship, and enable the unimagined flourishing of human civilization; or b) Take away our jobs, leave us broke, purposeless, and miserable, and cause civilization as we know it to…

  10. Why aren't we curious about nannies?

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    Scheftel, Susan

    2012-01-01

    This paper is an exploration of a topic whose specific intrapsychic significance has remained relatively unformulated in the psychoanalytic literature. Though nannies (that is, caregivers whose job it is to care for children at home in their parents' absence) have had a ubiquitous presence among professional working women and are frequently involved in the lives of patients seen in private practice, their psychological significance for both employers and charges has rarely been considered. The paper attempts to demonstrate how the nanny's literal position is at risk for engendering ambivalence in parents and children alike, since she is necessarily there when the parents are not. It is postulated that the actual, reality-based power of the nanny as placeholder for parents in their absence may be instrumental in the tendency of our patients to scotomatize this relationship. In the first part of the paper, clinical examples are used to underscore the complexity of the nanny's role, while the second half of the paper draws upon the text of the children's classic Mary Poppins, to further explore the subject.

  11. Why Aren't Secondary Students Interested in Physics?

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    Williams, Christopher; Stanisstreet, Martin; Spall, Katie; Boyes, Eddie; Dickson, Dominic

    2003-01-01

    Discusses a questionnaire study to determine why fewer year 10 students are interested in physics than in biology. Finds that students perceive physics as being difficult and irrelevant. Males and females offered different reasons for finding physics boring with males enjoying practical exercises and females valuing areas in which physics can be…

  12. Strange Data: When the Numbers Just Aren't Normal.

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    Jupiter, Daniel C

    2015-01-01

    Many statistical tests assume that the populations from which we draw our data samples roughly follow a given probability distribution. Here, I review what these assumptions mean, why they are important, and how to deal with situations where the assumptions are not met.

  13. Magnetic differentiation of pyrogallol[4]arene tubular and capsular frameworks.

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    Kumari, Harshita; Dennis, Cindi L; Mossine, Andrew V; Deakyne, Carol A; Atwood, Jerry L

    2013-05-15

    The differences in magnetic properties of metal-based nanometric assemblies are due to distinct contributions from host-guest interactions, structural integrity, and magnetic interactions. To disentangle these contributions, it is necessary to control the self-assembly process that forms these entities. Herein we study the effect of host-to-guest ratios to identify remarkably different structural-magnetic contributions of C-methylpyrogallol[4]arene⊂ferrocene/(PgC1)2⊂Fc dimers vs (PgC1)3⊂Fc nanotubes. At low temperature, a weak anti-ferromagnetic alignment is observed, suggesting a weak dipolar interaction between Fc guest moieties within adjacent dimers or tubes. Also, differences are observed between magnetic atom occupancy as a function of guest (PgC1⊂Fc tube/dimer) versus magnetic atom occupancy within the framework wall (PgC3Ni hexamer/dimer). Identification of the role of the framework shape and metal-metal distances in the crystal lattice opens up unparalleled prospects for materials engineering.

  14. Doctors aren't immune to theft and fraud

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    Marcus, Gary

    1995-01-01

    A chartered accountant says the problem of fraud within medical practices is far from rare, even though prevention is relatively simple. Gary Marcus provides advice to physicians about ways to spot fraud within their practices and things they can do to prevent it. No matter how small your practice or how long you have had the same employees, says Marcus, given the right circumstances anyone might steal from you. Imagesp940-a PMID:7697586

  15. Copper-Catalyzed, Directing Group-Assisted Fluorination of Arene and Heteroarene C-H Bonds

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    Truong, Thanh; Klimovica, Kristine; Daugulis, Olafs

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a method for direct, copper-catalyzed, auxiliary-assisted fluorination of β-sp2 C-H bonds of benzoic acid derivatives and γ-sp2 C-H bonds of α,α-disubstituted benzylamine derivatives. The reaction employs CuI catalyst, AgF fluoride source, and DMF, pyridine, or DMPU solvent at moderately elevated temperatures. Selective mono- or difluorination can be achieved by simply changing reaction conditions. The method shows excellent functional group tolerance and provides a straightforward way for the preparation of ortho-fluorinated benzoic acids. PMID:23758609

  16. Students Aren't What They Used to Be--and Never Were

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    Watson, David

    2010-01-01

    Taking as his cue the House of Commons Select Committee for Innovation, Universities and Skills inquiry into "students and universities," the author begins by addressing four "pathologies" in the current discussion of the student experience: nostalgia and selective memory; condescension and disappointment; moral panic and…

  17. Wall Street Is Watching: Enrollment, Retention and Tuition Aren't Just an Academic Concern.

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    Lawson, James C.

    1996-01-01

    College bond ratings are seen as important indicators of an institution's financial strength. Higher education bonds are traditionally considered relatively safe investments, but financial experts are beginning to monitor more closely college and universities' own portfolio investments, endowments, admission criteria, matriculation rates, academic…

  18. Adjectives That Aren't: An ERP-Theoretical Analysis of Adjectives in Spanish

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    Bartlett, Laura B.

    2013-01-01

    This thesis investigates the syntactic status of adjectives in Spanish through a crossdisciplinary perspective, incorporating methodologies from both theoretical linguistics and neurolinguistics, specifically, event-related potentials (ERPs). It presents conflicting theories about the syntax of adjectives and explores the ways that the processing…

  19. Tucson Students Aren't Deterred by Ethnic-Studies Controversy

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    Zehr, Mary Ann

    2010-01-01

    In the midst of an attempt by Arizona's legislature and top education official to shut down ethnic-studies courses in the Tucson Unified School District, students at Tucson High Magnet School are flocking to the courses this school year. School district officials say enrollment in Mexican-American studies in Tucson Unified's 14 high schools has…

  20. "But Aren't Cults Bad?": Active Learning, Productive Chaos, and Teaching New Religious Movements

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    Zeller, Benjamin E.

    2015-01-01

    This article considers the challenges inherent when teaching about new religious movements ("cults"), how successful instructors have surmounted them, and how teacher-scholars in other fields of religious studies can benefit from a discussion of the successful teaching of new religions. I note that student-centered pedagogies are crucial…

  1. Why Aren't You Using the Phonics Workbooks? (When the Principal Asks).

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    Harp, Bill

    1989-01-01

    Asserts that reading and writing skill instruction should not be taught as a set of discrete steps with phonics workbooks, but instead should be based on examples taken from texts which children write and read. (MM)

  2. Statistics Aren't Static: A 1992 Statistical Abstract Teaching Supplement for Grades 5-12.

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    Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Economics and Statistics Administration.

    This teaching supplement from the U.S. Census Bureau is designed for educators in grades 5 through 12. The Bureau offers it as a way of addressing the needs and concerns of teachers as they attempt to include statistical information about the everyday world in an effort to meet new educational standards. The supplement is presented in order to…

  3. There aren't plenty more fish in the sea: a causal network approach.

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    Nikolic, Milena; Lagnado, David A

    2015-11-01

    The current research investigated how lay representations of the causes of an environmental problem may underlie individuals' reasoning about the issue. Naïve participants completed an experiment that involved two main tasks. The causal diagram task required participants to depict the causal relations between a set of factors related to overfishing and to estimate the strength of these relations. The counterfactual task required participants to judge the effect of counterfactual suppositions based on the diagrammed factors. We explored two major questions: (1) what is the relation between individual causal models and counterfactual judgments? Consistent with previous findings (e.g., Green et al., 1998, Br. J. Soc. Psychology, 37, 415), these judgments were best explained by a combination of the strength of both direct and indirect causal paths. (2) To what extent do people use two-way causal thinking when reasoning about an environmental problem? In contrast to previous research (e.g., White, 2008, Appl. Cogn. Psychology, 22, 559), analyses based on individual causal networks revealed the presence of numerous feedback loops. The studies support the value of analysing individual causal models in contrast to consensual representations. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed in relation to causal reasoning as well as environmental psychology.

  4. We aren't done yet: hydrological discovery based on new sensor systems

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    Selker, J. S.

    2012-12-01

    Telephones bristle with sensors, have continuous GPS location, and continuously send these data to the web. Fiber optics report temperature each second, each 0.1 m, for kilometers of cable (e.g., CTEMPS.org). Laser-ring down spectrometers provide near-continuous isotopic composition of water and atmospheric gases. Arduinos drift into space reporting images and sensor data for the price of a nice meal (in Switzerland). In short, the long-touted sensor revolution has officially arrived, and will soon be coming to a watershed near you. In this talk we will review the discoveries made in the last 5 years based on such sensor technology, identifying the salient sensor features which have led to success and challenges in adoption. Examples will be drawn from Senegal, Kenya, Switzerland, Israel, and the US. Based on these outcomes, we will provide strategic approaches to adoption of new sensing methods to support accelerated discovery in Hydrologic Sciences.

  5. Dynamic NMR studies of restricted arene rotation in the chromiu tricarbonyl thiophene and selenophene complexes

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    Sanger, Michael J.

    1994-05-27

    This thesis contains the results of organometallic studies of thiophene and selenophene coordination in transition metal complexes. Chromium tricarbonyl complexes of thiophene, selenophene, and their alkyl-substituted derivatives were prepared and variable-temperature 13C NMR spectra of these complexes were recorded in dimethyl ether. Bandshape analyses of these spectra yielded activation parameters for restricted rotation of the thiophene and selenophene ligands in these complexes. Extended Hueckel molecular orbital calculations (EHMO) of the free thiophene and selenophene ligands and selected chromium tricarbonyl thiophene complexes were performed to better explain the activation barriers of these complexes. The structure of Cr(CO)35-2,5-dimethylthiophene) was established by a single crystal X-ray diffraction study.

  6. "Languages Aren't as Important Here": German Migrant Teachers' Experiences in Australian Language Classes

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    Bense, Katharina

    2014-01-01

    Narrative studies with migrant teachers offer new perspectives on local educational practices and policies. As part of a study investigating German migrant teachers' experiences in Australian language classes, this paper uses narratives to evaluate present language education strategies in Germany and Australia. It examines the provision and uptake…

  7. Palladium(II)-catalyzed direct alkoxylation of arenes: evidence for solvent-assisted concerted metalation deprotonation.

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    Anand, Megha; Sunoj, Raghavan B

    2011-09-16

    Density functional theory investigations on the mechanism of palladium acetate catalyzed direct alkoxylation of N-methoxybenzamide in methanol reveal that the key steps involve solvent-assisted N-H as well as C-H bond activations. The transition state for the critical palladium-carbon bond formation through a concerted metalation deprotonation (CMD) process leading to a palladacycle intermediate has been found to be more stable in the methanol-assisted pathway as compared to an unassisted route.

  8. Donor-acceptor conjugated polymers based on multifused ladder-type arenes for organic solar cells.

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    Wu, Jhong-Sian; Cheng, Sheng-Wen; Cheng, Yen-Ju; Hsu, Chain-Shu

    2015-03-07

    Harvesting solar energy from sunlight to generate electricity is considered as one of the most important technologies to address the future sustainability of humans. Polymer solar cells (PSCs) have attracted tremendous interest and attention over the past two decades due to their potential advantage to be fabricated onto large area and light-weight flexible substrates by solution processing at a lower cost. PSCs based on the concept of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) configuration where an active layer comprises a composite of a p-type (donor) and an n-type (acceptor) material represents the most useful strategy to maximize the internal donor-acceptor interfacial area allowing for efficient charge separation. Fullerene derivatives such as [6,6]-phenyl-C61 or 71-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) are the ideal n-type materials ubiquitously used for BHJ solar cells. The major effort to develop photoactive materials is numerously focused on the p-type conjugated polymers which are generally synthesized by polymerization of electron-rich donor and electron-deficient acceptor monomers. Compared to the development of electron-deficient comonomers (acceptor segments), the development of electron-rich donor materials is considerably flourishing. Forced planarization by covalently fastening adjacent aromatic and heteroaromatic subunits leads to the formation of ladder-type conjugated structures which are capable of elongating effective conjugation, reducing the optical bandgap, promoting intermolecular π-π interactions and enhancing intrinsic charge mobility. In this review, we will summarize the recent progress on the development of various well-defined new ladder-type conjugated materials. These materials serve as the superb donor monomers to prepare a range of donor-acceptor semi-ladder copolymers with sufficient solution-processability for solar cell applications.

  9. Why Aren't Identical Twins Linguistically Identical? Genetic, Prenatal and Postnatal Factors

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    Stromswold, Karin

    2006-01-01

    Results of twin studies clearly demonstrate that genetic factors play an important role in the rate of language acquisition and linguistic proficiency attained by normal and impaired children and adults [see Stromswold, K. (2001). The heritability of language: A review and meta-analysis of twin, adoption and linkage studies. "Language," 77,…

  10. These Aren't Your Father's Funny Papers: The New World of Digital Graphic Novels

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    Moorefield-Lang, Heather; Gavigan, Karen

    2012-01-01

    Due to the development of new 21st-century technologies, the world of children's and young adult literature is continually changing. For example, one of the fastest-growing multimodal formats that today's visually literate youth embrace is the digital graphic novel. Digital graphic novels are graphic novels produced on and/or accessed on some form…

  11. Correlations in Social Neuroscience Aren't Voodoo: Commentary on Vul et al. (2009).

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    Lieberman, Matthew D; Berkman, Elliot T; Wager, Tor D

    2009-05-01

    Vul, Harris, Winkielman, and Pashler (2009), (this issue) claim that many brain-personality correlations in fMRI studies are "likely … spurious" (p. 274), and "should not be believed" (p. 285). Several of their conclusions are incorrect. First, they incorrectly claim that whole-brain regressions use an invalid and "nonindependent" two-step inferential procedure, a determination based on a survey sent to researchers that only included nondiagnostic questions about the descriptive process of plotting one's data. We explain how whole-brain regressions are a valid single-step method of identifying brain regions that have reliable correlations with individual difference measures. Second, they claim that large correlations from whole-brain regression analyses may be the result of noise alone. We provide a simulation to demonstrate that typical fMRI sample sizes will only rarely produce large correlations in the absence of any true effect. Third, they claim that the reported correlations are inflated to the point of being "implausibly high." Though biased post hoc correlation estimates are a well-known consequence of conducting multiple tests, Vul et al. make inaccurate assumptions when estimating the theoretical ceiling of such correlations. Moreover, their own "meta-analysis suggests that the magnitude of the bias is approximately .12-a rather modest bias.

  12. Where the girls aren't: High school girls and advanced placement physics enrollment

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    Barton, Susan O'brien

    During the high school years, when many students first have some choice in course selection, research indicates that girls choose to enroll in more math and science courses, take more advanced placement courses, and take more honors courses in English, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and foreign languages than ever before. Yet, not only are boys more likely to take all of the three core science courses (biology, chemistry, and physics), boys enroll in advanced placement physics approximately three times as often as do girls. This study examines the perceptions, attitudes, and aspirations of thirty high school girls enrolled in senior-level science electives in an attempt to understand their high school science course choices, and what factors were influencing them. This is a qualitative investigation employing constructivist grounded theory methods. There are two main contributions of this study. First, it presents a new conceptual and analytical framework to investigate the problem of why some high school girls do not enroll in physics coursework. This framework is grounded in the data and is comprised of three existing feminist perspectives along the liberal/radical continuum of feminist thought. Second, this study illuminates a complex set of reasons why participants avoided high school physics (particularly advanced placement physics) coursework. These reasons emerged as three broad categories related to: (a) a lack of connectedness with physics curriculum and instruction; (b) prior negative experiences with physics and math classroom climates; and (c) future academic goals and career aspirations. Taken together, the findings of this study indicate that the problem of high school girls and physics enrollment---particularly advanced placement physics enrollment---is a problem that cannot be evaluated or considered from one perspective.

  13. Seizures and Teens: When Seizures Aren't the Only Problem

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    Kanner, Andres M.; Shafer, Patricia O.

    2006-01-01

    Some teenagers with epilepsy only have to deal with seizures, which can be tough enough, but for other teens, seizures are not the only problem. Parents and caregivers often report changes in their teens' abilities to think clearly, learn in school, or remain focused in class. Mood and other behavioral problems may also be seen. It is critical…

  14. Facile One‐Pot Synthesis of Diaryliodonium Salts from Arenes and Aryl Iodides with Oxone

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    Soldatova, Natalia; Postnikov, Pavel; Kukurina, Olga; Zhdankin, Viktor V.; Yoshimura, Akira

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A straightforward synthesis of diaryliodonium salts is achieved by using Oxone as the stoichiometric oxidant. Slow addition is the key to obtaining good yields and purities of the reaction products, which are highly useful reagents in many different areas of organic synthesis. PMID:28168145

  15. When Teachers Aren't Nice: bell hooks and Feminist Pedagogy.

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    Buffington, Nancy

    The recent "feminization" of composition theory and pedagogy has replaced the classroom figure of the authoritative father with an image of a nurturing mother. But as bell hooks and others insist, the classroom is inherently a place of struggle and conflict and the "real world" is even more so. Hooks offers concrete…

  16. PREPARATIVE SUPERCRITICAL DEUTERIUM EXCHANGE IN ARENES AND HETEROCYCLES. (R825513C004)

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    The perspectives, information and conclusions conveyed in research project abstracts, progress reports, final reports, journal abstracts and journal publications convey the viewpoints of the principal investigator and may not represent the views and policies of ORD and EPA. Concl...

  17. Cross dehydrogenative arylation (CDA) of a benzylic C-H bond with arenes by iron catalysis.

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    Li, Yi-Zhou; Li, Bi-Jie; Lu, Xing-Yu; Lin, Song; Shi, Zhang-Jie

    2009-01-01

    Hooking up: FeCl(2) catalyzes the efficient cross dehydrogenative arylation of substrates having benzylic C-H bonds (see scheme). High regioselectivity was observed during the cross-coupling between compounds containing aromatic C(sp(2))-H bonds and benzylic C(sp(3))-H bonds. This process is proposed to proceed by single-electron-transfer oxidation and Friedel-Crafts alkylation.

  18. A selective calix[6]arene-based fluorescent chemosensor for phosphatidylcholine type lipids.

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    Brunetti, Emilio; Moerkerke, Steven; Wouters, Johan; Bartik, Kristin; Jabin, Ivan

    2016-11-02

    The development of chemosensors that can selectively detect phosphatidylcholines (PCs) in biological samples is of medical relevance considering the importance of these phospholipids in cell growth and survival. Their selective sensing over phosphatidylethanolamines (PEs) is however a challenging task. We report here on the chemosensing capacities of calix[6]tris-pyrenylurea 1, which is able to selectively interact with phosphatidylcholine-type lipids in organic media. Host 1 also binds them in a biphasic chloroform/water solution, opening the way to the design of selective chemosensors for these lipids in biological media. The results obtained by NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy and modelling studies show that the selectivity is the result of the high degree of complementarity between the lipids' zwitterionic phosphatidylcholine headgroup and the receptor's H-bonding donor site and hydrophobic pocket. The mode of recognition is reminiscent of natural systems, such as human phosphatidylcholine transfer proteins (PC-TPs), validating the biomimetic approach adopted in our work.

  19. Stabilization of silica nanoparticles dispersions by surface modification with silicon derivative of thiacalix[4]arene

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    Gorbachuk, Vladimir V.; Ziatdinova, Ramilia V.; Evtugyn, Vladimir G.; Stoikov, Ivan I.

    2015-03-01

    For the first time, silica nanopowder functionalized with thiacalixarene derivatives was synthesized by ultrasonication of nanoparticles (diameter 23.7 ± 2.4 nm) with organosilicon derivative of thiacalixarene in glacial acetic acid. The protocol resulted in the formation of colloidal solution of low-disperse (polydispersity index of 0.11) submicron-sized (diameter 192.5 nm) clusters of nanoparticles according to the dynamic light scattering data. As defined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), mean diameter of thiacalixarene-functionalized nanoparticles is equal to 25.5 ± 2.5 nm and the shape is close to spherical. SEM images confirm low aggregation of thiacalixarene-modified nanoparticle compared to initial silica nanopowder (mean diameter of aggregates 330 and 429 nm, correspondingly). According to the thermogravimetry/differential scanning calorimetry and elemental analysis of the nanoparticles obtained, 5 % of the powder mass was related to thiacalixarene units. The effect of thiacalixarene functionalization of silica nanoparticles on linear polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)—silica dispersions was modeled to achieve high resistance toward liquid media required for similar sol-gel prepared PDMS-based materials applied for solid-phase microextraction. In such a manner, the influence of thiacalixarene-modified nanofiller on thermal stability and resistance against polar organic solvents was estimated. Similarity of decomposition temperature of both thiacalixarene-functionalized nanoparticles and non-functionalized silica nanoparticles was found. Swelling/solubility behavior observed was related to partial dissolution of PDMS/silica (10 % mixture) in alcohols. Thiacalixarene-functionalized silica particles exerted significantly higher resistance of PDMS/silica composites toward alcohol solvents.

  20. Shades of Grey: Iapetus' Secrets Aren't Just Black and White

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    Jarvis, K. S.; Barker, E. S.; Vilas, F.; Owen, T.

    2003-01-01

    Until the Cassini mission flies to the Saturnian satellite Iapetus, we are limited to ground-based data and Voyager I and II flyby data to puzzle together the secrets of this moon that displays extreme albedo contrasts. Iapetus' leading side is carbon black with an albedo of 0.081; its trailing side is brilliant ice with an albedo of 0.41. Very few moderate-resolution visible/near IR spectra of Iapetus exist. New spectra of both the leading and trailing sides covering a wavelength range of 0.575 - 1.03 micron were taken in 2000. The new leading side spectra fail to match spectra of either Vilas et al. or Bell et al. in both inflections and slope (where slope is defined here as change in reflectance with changing wavelength). The new spectra do, however, appear to match Buratti et al.'s spectrum of the leading side.

  1. [Health statistics aren't born in a cabbage patch: Jesuits, political arithmetic, stigmergy and oligopticons].

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    Carvajal, Yuri; Yuing, Tuillang

    2013-04-01

    By analyzing the content and network of production of a map from 1751, created by the circular mission of the Jesuits in Chiloé (an archipelago located off the southern coast of Chile), that contains birth, death and population data, this article discusses the role that health statistics play historically, philosophically, technically and sociologically. In doing so, the article seeks to comprehend the genesis of a process of production of data and references in order to debate what health statistics are composed of, what ends they are used for, what their connection is to the formation of collectives and the differential conditions of possibility that exist for producing statistics. We attempt to develop hypotheses that demonstrate statistics as a hybrid articulation between diverse elements, epistemological, biopolitical, historical and philosophical in nature, with facets at once religious and demographic, ontological and ethnic, scientific and governmental.

  2. When ingroups aren't "In": perceived political belief similarity moderates religious ingroup favoritism.

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    Hawkins, Carlee Beth; Nosek, Brian A

    2012-01-01

    Motivated thinking leads people to perceive similarity between the self and ingroups, but under some conditions, people may recognize that personal beliefs are misaligned with the beliefs of ingroups. In two focal experiments and two replications, we find evidence that perceived belief similarity moderates ingroup favoritism. As part of a charity donation task, participants donated money to a community charity or a religious charity. Compared to non-religious people, Christians favored religious charities, but within Christians, conservative Christians favored religious charities more than liberal Christians did. Experiment 2 demonstrated that the perceived political beliefs of the charity accounted for the differences in ingroup favoritism between liberal and conservative Christians. While reporting little awareness of the influence of ideology, Christian conservatives favored religious charities because they perceived them as conservative and liberal Christians favored the community charity because they perceived it as liberal.

  3. WHEN ISOTOPES AREN'T ENOUGH: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO CONSTRAIN MIXING PROBLEMS

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    Stable isotopes are often used as chemical tracers to determine the relative contributions of sources to a mixture. Ecological examples include partitioning pollution sources to air or water bodies, trophic links in food webs, plant water use from different soil horizons, source...

  4. WHEN ISOTOPES AREN'T ENOUGH: USING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO CONSTRAIN MIXING PROBLEMS

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    Stable isotopes are often used as chemical tracers to determine the relative contributions of sources to a mixture. Ecological examples include partitioning pollution sources to air or water bodies, trophic links in food webs, plant water use from different soil horizons, source...

  5. Extension's Role in Urban Education: Why Aren't We Involved?

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    Nelson-Smith, Kenyetta

    2011-01-01

    With education failing nationwide and economic restraints affecting both rural and urban educational institutions, Extension should be taking a more aggressive stance instead of operating in what has now become the way of Extension and "collecting numbers." Why isn't Extension more visible in the urban populations that reside in our own backyards?…

  6. Alternative Uses for Course Management Systems: They Aren't Just for Classes Any More

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    Ullmann, Jill

    2009-01-01

    Universities are quickly moving from brick and mortar toward online classroom settings. The online setting provides students with increased accessibility and flexibility to attend classes they would normally be unable to attend. Unfortunately, for those students who never attend classes on campus, many campus resources are not accessible. Students…

  7. Because Trucks Aren't Bicycles: Orthographic Complexity as an Important Variable in Reading Research

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    Galletly, Susan A.; Knight, Bruce Allen

    2013-01-01

    Severe enduring reading- and writing-accuracy difficulties seem a phenomenon largely restricted to nations using complex orthographies, notably Anglophone nations, given English's highly complex orthography (Geva and Siegel, "Read Writ" 12:1-30, 2000; Landerl et al., "Cognition" 63:315-334, 1997; Share, "Psychol Bul"l…

  8. When Pictures Aren't Pretty: Deconstructing Punitive Literacy Practices

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    Fisher, Teresa R.; Albers, Peggy; Frederick, Temmy G.

    2014-01-01

    Young children frequently tell visual stories, drawing pictures to record and share their thoughts, feelings and understanding. How and what young children describe through art, especially when written language is not an option, is the focus of this interpretive analysis. A series of pictures by John, a 6-year-old boy, were drawn across the…

  9. Resonance Energy of an Arene Hydrocarbon from Heat of Combustion Measurements.

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    Kolesnichenko, Vladimir L

    2015-12-08

    A simple experimental method for determination of the resonance energy by measuring the energies of combustion for two isomeric compounds, aromatic 1-tert-butyl-3,5-dimethylbenzene and nonaromatic trans,trans,cis-1,5,9-cyclododecatriene is proposed. Both compounds not only have the same molecular formula, but also contain the same number of sp(2) and sp(3) carbon atoms. After converting the obtained values into the gas phase heats of combustion and subtracting one value from another, the resulting mean resonance energy of 184 kJ/mol was obtained. The proposed method can be offered as an experiment for an undergraduate physical chemistry lab curriculum.

  10. Loyal clients. Despite Arthur Andersen's indictment, healthcare companies aren't defecting.

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    Jaklevic, Mary Chris

    2002-03-25

    In contrast to about 50 defections by public companies, many healthcare clients of Andersen are standing by the troubled auditor--at least for now. Saying that it's too soon to judge, clients such as the Catholic Health Association are sitting tight to see what the fallout is from the Enron scandal before making any decisions. And even if many part ways with Andersen, there's a host of consultants to take its place.

  11. The Assessment of Thoughtful Literacy in NAEP: Why the States Aren't Measuring Up

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    Applegate, Anthony J.; Applegate, Mary DeKonty; McGeehan, Catherine M.; Pinto, Catherine M.; Kong, Ailing

    2009-01-01

    The disparity between the results of state accountability tests in reading and the fourth-grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has left many educators dismayed and concerned. In this article the authors describe a comparison of assessment approaches evident in NAEP to the approaches taken in a sample of state tests. The authors…

  12. "My Ladies Aren't Interested in Learning": Managers, Supervisors and the Social Context of Learning

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    Munro, Anne; Holly, Lesley; Rainbird, Helen

    2000-11-01

    This paper is based on a research project which examines the opportunities for and barriers to workplace learning amongst low-grade staff in the UK public sector. It examines the key role of managers and supervisors, who make many of the decisions about individuals' access to learning opportunities. Their perception of staff's willingness and need to learn is influenced by factors such as age, gender or the likelihood of career development. It is these managers who control the immediate work environment and the flow of information about learning opportunities. Innovative examples of workplace learning are described, yet the paper concludes that the reality for many low grade manual and routine clerical staff continues to be one of limited opportunities for workplace learning.

  13. What to Do When There Aren't Enough Beds in the PICU.

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    Rubin, Michael A; Truog, Robert D

    2017-02-01

    The concepts of medical futility and rationing are often misunderstood and lead to significant consternation when resources are stretched and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds are unavailable. While the two concepts overlap, each has its own distinct application and moral justification. Most importantly, we should avoid using one to justify the other. Bioethics professionals should assist critical care clinicians in clarifying when each rubric should be applied as well as how to develop policies to standardize the approach.

  14. Some Low-Income, Uninsured Patients Aren't Referred for Colonoscopy

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    ... group, nearly half of them did not have documentation about their abnormal result or counseling on the ... their appointment. Almost two-thirds lacked follow-up documentation or counseling. The research was led by Dr. ...

  15. 2006 Automation Survey: The Systems Are Changing. But School Libraries Aren't

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    Fuller, Daniel

    2006-01-01

    This article presents the findings of the 2006 School Library Journal-San Jose State University Automation Survey. The study takes a close look at the systems that media specialists are using, how they are using them, and what librarians want from their future automation programs. The findings reveal that while respondents were satisfied with…

  16. Resonance Energy of an Arene Hydrocarbon from Heat of Combustion Measurements

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    Kolesnichenko, Vladimir L.

    2015-01-01

    A simple experimental method for determination of the resonance energy by measuring the energies of combustion for two isomeric compounds, aromatic 1-tert-butyl-3,5-dimethylbenzene and nonaromatic trans,trans,cis-1,5,9-cyclododecatriene is proposed. Both compounds not only have the same molecular formula, but also contain the same number of sp2 and sp3 carbon atoms. After converting the obtained values into the gas phase heats of combustion and subtracting one value from another, the resulting mean resonance energy of 184 kJ/mol was obtained. The proposed method can be offered as an experiment for an undergraduate physical chemistry lab curriculum. PMID:26997668

  17. Longitudinal Assessment of Student Learning: Simplistic Measures Aren't Enough

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    Beyer, Catharine Hoffman; Gillmore, Gerald M.

    2007-01-01

    In an attempt to capture the diverse experience of undergraduates at the University of Washington (UW), the authors designed and conducted the University of Washington's Study of Undergraduate Learning (UW SOUL), a longitudinal study that tracked 304 students (about five percent of the entering freshman and transfer class) through their…

  18. "There aren't any gays here": encountering heteroprofessionalism in an international development workplace.

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    Mizzi, Robert C

    2013-01-01

    Western-oriented workplaces use professionalism as a normative value to sustain and promote a cohesive work environment. Yet, through this qualitative study, the author points out some implications of using professionalism to manage staff relationships and behaviors. Using post-conflict Kosovo as the context, the author examined (a) the work experiences of 8 gay male aid workers and (b) the attitudes toward homosexuality of foreign staff members in 2 international aid agencies. The author introduces and suggests heteroprofessionalism as a root to homophobic and heterosexist behaviors present in the study. Heteroprofessionalism is defined as a professional value that screens out homosexuality.

  19. "Mindstorms" and "Mindtools" Aren't Happening: Digital Streaming of Students via Socio-Economic Disadvantage

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    Anderson, Neil

    2005-01-01

    This article considers the possibility that school-based uses of new technologies might actually exacerbate the educational disadvantage of already disadvantaged social groups--particularly, learners from low socio-economic status populations. It draws on some recent international studies that indicate how minority, poor and urban students may be…

  20. Yearly planning meetings: individualized development plans aren't just more paperwork.

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    Vincent, Ben J; Scholes, Clarissa; Staller, Max V; Wunderlich, Zeba; Estrada, Javier; Park, Jeehae; Bragdon, Meghan D J; Lopez Rivera, Francheska; Biette, Kelly M; DePace, Angela H

    2015-06-04

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages trainees to make Individualized Development Plans to help them prepare for academic and nonacademic careers. We describe our approach to building an Individualized Development Plan, the reasons we find them useful and empowering for both PIs and trainees, and resources to help other labs implement them constructively.

  1. Play and the Avant-Garde: Aren't We All a Little Dada?

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    Prager, Phillip

    2013-01-01

    Dada, an art movement that became well known in the late 1910s and early 1920s, challenged traditional notions of art and aesthetics. Dada artists, for example, tossed colored scraps of paper into the air to compose chance-based collages, performed sound poems devoid of semantic value, and modeled a headpiece fashioned of sardine cans. To most art…

  2. Appearances Aren't Everything: Shape Classifiers and Referential Processing in Cantonese

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    Tsang, Cara; Chambers, Craig G.

    2011-01-01

    Cantonese shape classifiers encode perceptual information that is characteristic of their associated nouns, although certain nouns are exceptional. For example, the classifier "tiu" occurs primarily with nouns for long-narrow-flexible objects (e.g., scarves, snakes, and ropes) and also occurs with the noun for a (short, rigid) key. In 3…

  3. Dehalogenation of arenes via SN2 reactions at bromine: competition with nucleophilic aromatic substitution.

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    Gronert, Scott; Garver, John M; Nichols, Charles M; Worker, Benjamin B; Bierbaum, Veronica M

    2014-11-21

    The gas-phase reactions of carbon- and nitrogen-centered nucleophiles with polyfluorobromobenzenes were examined in a selected-ion flow tube (SIFT) and modeled computationally at the MP2/6-31+G(d,p)//MP2/6-31+G(d) level. In the gas-phase experiments, rate constants and branching ratios were determined. The carbon nucleophiles produce expected nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) and proton transfer products along with unexpected products that result from SN2 reactions at the bromine center (polyfluorophenide leaving group). With nitrogen nucleophiles, the SN2 at bromine channel is suppressed. In the SNAr channels, the "element effect" is observed, and fluoride loss competes with bromide loss. The computational modeling indicates that all the substitution barriers are well below the entrance channel and that entropy and dynamics effects control the product distributions.

  4. "Aren't These Boy Books?": High School Students' Readings of Gender in Graphic Novels

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    Moeller, Robin A.

    2011-01-01

    The author, a former library media specialist, often heard female students describe graphic novels as being "boy books" and sought to examine how a group of high school girls and boys read gender in three graphic novels. Through focus group and individual interviews, the participants indicated that they enjoyed reading graphic novels to varying…

  5. Color-Tunable Cyano-Substituted Divinylene Arene Luminogens as Fluorescent π-Gelators.

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    Aparicio, Fátima; Cherumukkil, Sandeep; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai; Sánchez, Luis

    2016-01-12

    The synthesis of three cyano-substituted divinylene π-gelators is reported. The modulation of the color is achieved by placing the cyano groups in appropriate position of the conjugated backbone, thus modulating the donor-acceptor interaction. Variable-temperature UV-vis data have been utilized to investigate the self-assembly of the gelators 1-3 that is governed by a cooperative mechanism. A complete set of photophysical parameters (ΦF,τ, kr and knr) demonstrate the role of the molecular aggregation in enhanced emission upon self-assembly.

  6. Naked Viruses That Aren't Always Naked: Quasi-Enveloped Agents of Acute Hepatitis.

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    Feng, Zongdi; Hirai-Yuki, Asuka; McKnight, Kevin L; Lemon, Stanley M

    2014-11-01

    Historically, viruses were considered to be either enveloped or nonenveloped. However, recent work on hepatitis A virus and hepatitis E virus challenges this long-held tenet. Whereas these human pathogens are shed in feces as naked nonenveloped virions, recent studies indicate that both circulate in the blood completely masked in membranes during acute infection. These membrane-wrapped virions are as infectious as their naked counterparts, although they do not express a virally encoded protein on their surface, thus distinguishing them from conventional enveloped viruses. The absence of a viral fusion protein implies that these quasi-enveloped virions have unique mechanisms for entry into cells. Like true enveloped viruses, however, these phylogenetically distinct viruses usurp components of the host ESCRT system to hijack host cell membranes and noncytolytically exit infected cells. The membrane protects these viruses from neutralizing antibodies, facilitating dissemination within the host, whereas nonenveloped virions shed in feces are stable in the environment, allowing for epidemic transmission.

  7. Greener iodination of arenes using sulphated ceria-zirconia catalysts in polyethylene glycol

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    An environmentally benign method for the selective monoiodination of diverse aromatic compounds has been developed using reusable sulphated ceria-zirconia under mild conditions. The protocol provides moderate to good yields of aryl iodides in PEG-200 as a greener solvent. The cat...

  8. Hydration of arene and alkene oxides by epoxide hydrase in human liver microsomes.

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    Kapitulnik, J; Levin, W; Morecki, R; Dansette, P M; Jerina, D M; Conney, A H

    1977-02-01

    The comparative hydration of styrene 7,8-oxide, octene 1,2-oxide, naphthalene 1,2-oxide, phenanthrene 9,10-oxide, benzo[a]anthracene 5,6-oxide, 3-methylcholanthrene 11,12-oxide, dibenzo[a,h]anthracene 5,6-oxide, and benzo[a, 7,8-, 9,10-, and 11,12-oxides to their respective dihydrodiols was investigated in microsomes from nine human autopsy livers. The substrate specificity of the epoxide hydrase in human liver microsomes was very similar to that of the epoxide hydrase in rat liver microsomes. Phenanthrene 9,10-oxide was the best substrate for the human and rat epoxide hydrases and dibenzo[a,h]anthracene 5,6-oxide and benzo[a-a)pyrene 11, 12-oxide were the poorest substrates. Plotting epoxide hydrase activity obtained with one substrate against epoxide hydrase activity for another substrate for each of the nine human livers revealed excellent correlations for all combinations of the 11 substrates studied (r = 0.87 to 0.99). The data suggest the presence in human liver of a single epoxide hydrase with broad substrate specificity. However, the results do not exclude the possible presence in human liver of several epoxide hydrases that are under similar regulatory control. These results suggest the need for further investigation to determine whether there is a safe epoxide of a drug whose in vivo metabolism is predictive of the capacity of different individuals to metabolize a wide variety of epoxides of drugs and environmental chemicals.

  9. Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply about Diversity in the US Armed Forces

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    2010-02-01

    traditions,” and support our troops who face difficult traumas, pressures, and temptations toward suicide . Carver consulted with two senior Jewish...fitness” segment of this presentation was titled “A New Approach to Suicide Prevention: De- veloping Purpose-Driven Airmen,” a takeoff on Rick...Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. The presentation also incorporated creationism into suicide pre- vention. One slide, titled “Contrasting Theories of

  10. Child Care Choices of Hispanic Families: Why Aren't Families Using Center Care? PRGS Dissertation

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    Daugherty, Lindsay

    2010-01-01

    Hispanic children are likely to make up a large portion of those who are targeted by new public initiatives in early childhood education because they are the fastest-growing segment of the child population in the United States. They are a particularly large segment of the population in California, where they account for 59 percent of the…

  11. Experimental and theoretical insights in the alkene–arene intramolecular π-stacking interaction

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    Corne, Valeria; Sarotti, Ariel M; Ramirez de Arellano, Carmen; Spanevello, Rolando A

    2016-01-01

    Summary Chiral acrylic esters derived from biomass were developed as models to have a better insight in the aryl–vinyl π-stacking interactions. Quantum chemical calculations, NMR studies and experimental evidences demonstrated the presence of equilibriums of at least four different conformations: π-stacked and face-to-edge, each of them in an s-cis/s-trans conformation. The results show that the stabilization produced by the π–π interaction makes the π-stacked conformation predominant in solution and this stabilization is slightly affected by the electron density of the aromatic counterpart. PMID:27559414

  12. So Why Aren't Counselors Reporting n=1 Research Designs?

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    Sharpley, Christopher F.

    2007-01-01

    There is a growing urgency for counseling to be evidence based. The n = 1 research paradigm offers counselors in the field an opportunity to evaluate their clinical casework and report this in methodologically rigorous form to their peers. Data from the past 20 years of the "Journal of Counseling & Development indicate" that n = 1 studies…

  13. Gender, Confidence, Math: Why Aren't the Girls "Where the Boys Are?"

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    Caporrimo, Rosaria

    In the area of school mathematics, research has repeatedly indicated that males are far more likely than females to participate in and excel at the highest levels of achievement. Given the supposition of innate differences between the sexes in mathematical ability, as well as the existence of sociocultural differences, none of these variables…

  14. Photobehaviour of di(phenylbutadienyl)arenes containing nitrogen and sulfur heteroatoms.

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    Marri, Elena; Galiazzo, Guido; Spalletti, Anna

    2004-02-01

    The photophysics and photochemistry of 1,4- and 1,3-di(phenylbutadienyl)benzene, and two analogues of the latter where the central benzene ring has been replaced by pyridine and thiophene rings, have been studied. The combined effects of the heteroatoms, the length of the olefin chains and the type of conjugation on the photobehaviour have been determined and compared with results previously obtained for the corresponding ethene derivatives. The conformational equilibria were investigated by selective photoexcitation: in the case of the 1,3 hydrocarbon and the pyridine analogues, the spectral properties of two rotamers are reported.

  15. Rapid synthesis of fused N-heterocycles by transition-metal-free electrophilic amination of arene C-H bonds.

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    Gao, Hongyin; Xu, Qing-Long; Yousufuddin, Muhammed; Ess, Daniel H; Kürti, László

    2014-03-03

    We disclose an efficient and operationally simple protocol for the preparation of fused N-heterocycles starting from readily available 2-nitrobiaryls and PhMgBr under mild conditions. More than two dozen N-heterocycles, including two bioactive natural products, have been synthesized using this method. A stepwise electrophilic aromatic cyclization mechanism was proposed by DFT calculations.

  16. Mechanism of the palladium-catalyzed arene C-H acetoxylation: a comparison of catalysts and ligand effects.

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    Cook, Amanda K; Sanford, Melanie S

    2015-03-04

    This article describes detailed mechanistic studies focused on elucidating the impact of pyridine ligands on the Pd-catalyzed C-H acetoxylation of benzene. Three different catalysts, Pd(OAc)2, Pd(OAc)2/pyridine (1:1), and Pd(OAc)2/pyridine (1:2), are compared using a combination of mechanistic tools, including rate and order studies, Hammett analysis, detailed characterization of catalyst resting states, and isotope effects. The data from these experiments implicate C-H activation as the rate-limiting step in all cases. The major difference between the three catalysts is proposed to be the resting state of Pd. Under the reaction conditions, Pd(OAc)2 rests as an acetate bridged dimer, while the Pd(OAc)2/pyridine (1:2) catalyst rests as the monomer (pyridine)2Pd(OAc)2. In contrast, a variety of experiments suggest that the highly active catalyst generated from the 1:1 combination of Pd(OAc)2 and pyridine rests as the dimeric structure [(pyridine)Pd(OAc)2]2.

  17. Why Aren't They Paying Attention to Me? Strategies for Preventing Distraction in a 1:1 Learning Environment

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    Tagsold, Jennifer T.

    2013-01-01

    K-12 education research has become increasingly concerned with technology's impact on students' attention in the classroom, particularly with regard to laptop computers and other mobile devices (Gay & Hembrooke, 2004; Jackson, 2008; Mann, 2008; Kraushaar & Novak, 2010). While this classroom technology has created many positive implications…

  18. Decomposition of some polynitro arenes initiated by heat and shock Part I. 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene.

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    Varga, Róbert; Zeman, Svatopluk

    2006-05-20

    Samples of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) exposed to heat or to shock and residues after their detonation have been analyzed chromatographically (LC-UV and LC/MS). It was found that the main identified decomposition intermediates are identical in all the three cases. 4,6-Dinitro-2,1-benzoisoxazole and 2,4,6-trinitrobenzaldehyde are the most reactive from them. It has been stated that the chemical micro-mechanism of the primary fragmentations of shock-exposed TNT molecules and/or its detonation transformation should be the same as in the case of its low-temperature thermal decomposition.

  19. Palladium-catalyzed oxidative arylalkylation of activated alkenes: dual C-H bond cleavage of an arene and acetonitrile.

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    Wu, Tao; Mu, Xin; Liu, Guosheng

    2011-12-23

    Not one but two: The title reaction proceeds through the dual C-H bond cleavage of both aniline and acetonitrile. The reaction affords a variety of cyano-bearing indolinones in excellent yield. Mechanistic studies demonstrate that this reaction involves a fast arylation of the olefin and a rate-determining C-H activation of the acetonitrile.

  20. Where the Women Aren't: Gender Differences in the Use of LGBT Resources on College Campuses

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    Westbrook, Laurel

    2009-01-01

    LGBT campus resources are vital for many LGBT college students' wellbeing and academic success. In this article, I explore what factors may cause different groups under the LGBT umbrella to be included in or excluded from use of LGBT campus resources. I examine patterns of participation at two college campuses: one where women wanted access to…

  1. Palladium-catalyzed Br/D exchange of arenes: Selective deuterium incorporation with versatile functional group tolerance and high efficiency

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    Zhang, Honghai -Hai; Bonnesen, Peter V.; Hong, Kunlun

    2015-01-01

    There is a facile method for introducing one or more deuterium atoms onto an aromatic nucleus via Br/D exchange with high functional group tolerance and high incorporation efficiency is disclosed. Deuterium-labeled aryl chlorides and aryl borates which could be used as substrates in cross-coupling reactions to construct more complicated deuterium-labeled compounds can also be synthesized by this method.

  2. Iron and Manganese Catalysts for the Selective Functionalization of Arene C(sp(2) )-H Bonds by Carbene Insertion.

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    Conde, Ana; Sabenya, Gerard; Rodríguez, Mònica; Postils, Verònica; Luis, Josep M; Díaz-Requejo, M Mar; Costas, Miquel; Pérez, Pedro J

    2016-05-23

    The first examples of the direct functionalization of non-activated aryl sp(2) C-H bonds with ethyl diazoacetate (N2 CHCO2 Et) catalyzed by Mn- or Fe-based complexes in a completely selective manner are reported, with no formation of the frequently observed cycloheptatriene derivatives through competing Buchner reaction. The best catalysts are Fe(II) or Mn(II) complexes bearing the tetradentate pytacn ligand (pytacn= 1-(2-pyridylmethyl)-4,7-dimethyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane). When using alkylbenzenes, the alkylic C(sp(3) )-H bonds of the substituents remained unmodified, thus the reaction being also selective toward functionalization of sp(2) C-H bonds.

  3. Incorporating Topics That Aren't Distance-Friendly into an Online Program: One Development Team's Experience

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    Schaefer, Valentin; Doner, Sue; Pivnick, Janet

    2013-01-01

    The Native Species and Natural Processes certificate at the University of Victoria is an advanced-level online program of four courses to introduce students to state-of-the-art topics in the field of ecological restoration. The program posed some unique challenges for course developers. The development team needed to find ways to create online…

  4. Oranges Aren't the Only Fruit. Ask a Gardner: Some Implications of the National Literacy and Numeracy Stategies

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    Byard, Kevin

    2004-01-01

    The introduction of the National Literacy and Numeracy strategies in U.K. schools is discussed in the light of Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. Although the core curriculum is evidently important, it is argued that the introduction of the national strategies has created a possible over-emphasis in these subjects at the expense of…

  5. Aren't We There Yet? Why Re-Invigorating the Equality Agenda Is an Institutional Priority

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    Ruebain, David

    2012-01-01

    Perhaps more than any other country in Europe, the UK has well-established equality law and practice, originating with the Race Relations Act of 1965, but based on a longer history of struggle for equality. In 2011 public bodies, including higher education institutions (HEIs), were required to respond to the implementation of the Equality Act…

  6. Investigating the solid state hosting abilities of homo- and hetero-valent [Co7] metallocalix[6]arenes.

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    Meally, Seán T; McDonald, Cecelia; Kealy, Patrick; Taylor, Stephanie M; Brechin, Euan K; Jones, Leigh F

    2012-05-14

    A family of homo-valent [Co(II)(7)(OH)(6)(L(1))(6)](NO(3))(2) (1), [(MeOH)(2) is a subset of Co(II)(7)(OH)(6)(L(1))(6)](NO(3))(2) (2) (where L(1)H = 2-iminomethyl-6-methoxyphenol) and hetero-valent [(NO(3))(2) is a subset of Co(III)Co(II)(6)(OH)(6)(L(2))(6)](NO(3))·3MeCN (4) (where L(2)H = 2-iminophenyl-6-methoxyphenol) complexes possess metallic skeletons describing planar hexagonal discs. Their organic exteriors form double-bowl shaped topologies, and coupled with their 3-D connectivity, this results in the formation of molecular cavities in the solid state. These confined spaces are shown to behave as host units in the solid state for guests including solvent molecules and charge balancing counter anions. Magnetic susceptibility measurements on 2 and 4 reveal weak ferro- and ferrimagnetism, respectively. The utilisation of other Co(II) salt precursors gives rise to entirely different species including the mononuclear and trinuclear complexes [Co(II)(L(2))(2)] (5) and [Co(III)(2)Na(I)(1)(L(3))(6)](BF(4)) (6) (where L(3)H = 2-iminomethyl-4-bromo-6-methoxyphenol).

  7. When a Better Interface and Easy Navigation Aren't Enough: Examining the Information Architecture in a Law Enforcement Agency.

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    Hauck, Roslin V.; Weisband, Suzanne

    2002-01-01

    Describes two database systems in a law enforcement agency: one is a legacy, text-based system with cumbersome navigation; the newer system is a graphical user interface with simplified navigation. Discusses results of two user studies that showed personnel preferred the older more familiar system and considers implications for system design and…

  8. Boards and panels aren`t just wood products anymore: Two innovative customer feedback techniques at Duke Power

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    Ireland, G.

    1994-11-01

    In their push to become truly customer-driven, utilities have come to require a greater amount of customer input and feedback than ever before. Likewise, in this changing environment, speed and cost-effectiveness have become the name of the game in all that they do. In response to these demands and pressures, Duke Power has developed two methods of getting residential customer feedback and input in a cost-effective and timely way: the Board of Customers (for qualitative feedback) and the Consumer Panel (for quantitative applications). These feedback tools have been used successfully at Duke Power for a variety of applications, including gleaning customer reaction to customer service options, concept-testing product ideas, and assessing corporate image and reputation. With both qualitative and quantitative capabilities in place, Duke Power has the ability to respond quickly to a variety of needs and situations. For example, Duke used the Consumer Panel to implement a lengthy mail survey on image and reputation in a total of 25 days. Likewise, using a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting of the Board of Customers, Duke was able to provide customer reactions to a product concept within 48 hours of the client`s request. As the nature of competition continues to change in the utility industry, the ability to gather cost-effective customer input for quick, concise decision-making will be even more vital to maintaining the competitive edge. This paper describes the design, implementation and applications of the Board of Customers and the Consumer Panel, and how these two innovative tools translate to the bottom line in cost-effective decision-making at Duke Power.

  9. "Some stars aren't like you and me": a talk with Wayne Koestenbaum on Andy Warhol.

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    Strong, Lester

    2004-01-01

    Over twenty-five years after his unexpected death in 1987 following routine gall bladder surgery, avant-garde artist Andy Warhol remains a controversial artistic and cultural figure. In a wide-ranging interview, Wayne Koestenbaum--professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author of a biography about Warhol published in 2001--discusses the reasons for that controversy as they relate to Warhol's gay sexual orientation and queer outsider contributions to contemporary culture. The introduction to the interview explores why, despite the problems Warhol encountered personally and professionally over the years because of his queer outsider status, his art and personality have had a deep impact on mainstream culture.

  10. Regioselectivity and Enantioselectivity of Naphthalene Dioxygenase during Arene cis-Dihydroxylation: Control by Phenylalanine 352 in the α Subunit

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    Parales, Rebecca E.; Resnick, Sol M.; Yu, Chi-Li; Boyd, Derek R.; Sharma, Narain D.; Gibson, David T.

    2000-01-01

    The naphthalene dioxygenase (NDO) system catalyzes the first step in the degradation of naphthalene by Pseudomonas sp. strain NCIB 9816-4. The enzyme has a broad substrate range and catalyzes several types of reactions including cis-dihydroxylation, monooxygenation, and desaturation. Substitution of valine or leucine at Phe-352 near the active site iron in the α subunit of NDO altered the stereochemistry of naphthalene cis-dihydrodiol formed from naphthalene and also changed the region of oxidation of biphenyl and phenanthrene. In this study, we replaced Phe-352 with glycine, alanine, isoleucine, threonine, tryptophan, and tyrosine and determined the activity with naphthalene, biphenyl, and phenanthrene as substrates. NDO variants F352W and F352Y were marginally active with all substrates tested. F352G and F352A had reduced but significant activity, and F352I, F352T, F352V, and F352L had nearly wild-type activities with respect to naphthalene oxidation. All active enzymes had altered regioselectivity with biphenyl and phenanthrene. In addition, the F352V and F352T variants formed the opposite enantiomer of biphenyl cis-3,4-dihydrodiol [77 and 60% (−)-(3S,4R), respectively] to that formed by wild-type NDO [>98% (+)-(3R,4S)]. The F352V mutant enzyme also formed the opposite enantiomer of phenanthrene cis-1,2-dihydrodiol from phenanthrene to that formed by biphenyl dioxygenase from Sphingomonas yanoikuyae B8/36. A recombinant Escherichia coli strain expressing the F352V variant of NDO and the enantioselective toluene cis-dihydrodiol dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas putida F1 was used to produce enantiomerically pure (−)-biphenyl cis-(3S,4R)-dihydrodiol and (−)-phenanthrene cis-(1S,2R)-dihydrodiol from biphenyl and phenanthrene, respectively. PMID:10986254

  11. Formation of a Ruthenium-Arene Complex, Cyclometallation with a Substituted Benzylamine, and Insertion of an Alkyne

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    Chetcuti, Michael J.; Ritleng, Vincent

    2007-01-01

    The three step synthesis is presented to allow the functionalization of an aromatic amine by forming new C-C and C-N bonds via an intramolecular C-H activation under mild conditions. The reactions are stoichiometric and allow the students to isolate the different organometallic intermediates.

  12. A combined experimental and computational study on the cycloisomerization of 2-ethynylbiaryls catalyzed by dicationic arene ruthenium complexes.

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    Yamamoto, Yoshihiko; Matsui, Kazuma; Shibuya, Masatoshi

    2015-05-04

    Ruthenium-catalyzed cycloisomerization of 2-ethynylbiaryls was investigated to identify an optimal ruthenium catalyst system. A combination of [η(6) -(p-cymene)RuCl2 (PR3 )] and two equivalents of AgPF6 effectively converted 2-ethynylbiphenyls into phenanthrenes in chlorobenzene at 120 °C over 20 h. Moreover, 2-ethynylheterobiaryls were found to be favorable substrates for this ruthenium catalysis, thus achieving the cycloisomerization of previously unused heterocyclic substrates. Moreover, several control experiments and DFT calculations of model complexes were performed to propose a plausible reaction mechanism.

  13. "Aren't I a victim?": Notes on identity challenges relating to police action in a mandatory arrest jurisdiction.

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    Rajah, Valli; Frye, Victoria; Haviland, Mary

    2006-10-01

    The mandated arrest of domestic violence perpetrators is a policy response to the problem of partner violence. Mandatory arrest can result, however, in unintended and sometimes undesirable arrest outcomes, including dual arrests (when both parties are arrested), retaliatory arrests (when the perpetrator has his or her partner wrongfully arrested), and failures to make an arrest (when one is warranted by law). Using an interactionist perspective, this research focuses on one negative effect of mandatory arrest: the identity challenge faced by female victims of domestic violence who experience undesirable arrest outcomes. The authors discuss policy implications, focusing on the potential empowerment effects of mandatory arrest.

  14. Palladium-catalyzed picolinamide-directed iodination of remote ortho-C−H bonds of arenes: Synthesis of tetrahydroquinolines

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    Nack, William A; Wang, Xinmou; Wang, Bo

    2016-01-01

    Summary A new palladium-catalyzed picolinamide (PA)-directed ortho-iodination reaction of ε-C(sp2)−H bonds of γ-arylpropylamine substrates is reported. This reaction proceeds selectively with a variety of γ-arylpropylamines bearing strongly electron-donating or withdrawing substituents, complementing our previously reported PA-directed electrophilic aromatic substitution approach to this transformation. As demonstrated herein, a three step sequence of Pd-catalyzed γ-C(sp3)−H arylation, Pd-catalyzed ε-C(sp2)−H iodination, and Cu-catalyzed C−N cyclization enables a streamlined synthesis of tetrahydroquinolines bearing diverse substitution patterns. PMID:27559375

  15. "Smart" Spaces Aren't Just for Classrooms Anymore: Intentional Design Creates Casual Learning Opportunities on Today's Campuses

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    James, Darren L.; Infanzon, Nestor

    2010-01-01

    Each educational environment exhibits a distinct personality that supports and influences the student body. As educational institutions develop new spaces and buildings for university and college campuses nationwide, the need increasingly arises to provide spaces that both help fulfill each school's educational mission and reinforce the vitality…

  16. Development of a V-shape bis(tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]triazine) stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Hu, Kai; Feng, Suxiang; Wu, Mingxia; Wang, Shuang; Zhao, Wenjie; Jiang, Qiong; Yu, Ajuan; Zhang, Shusheng

    2014-12-01

    A new stationary phase for high-performance liquid chromatography was prepared by covalently bonding a V-shape cage heteroatom-bridged calixarene onto silica gel using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as coupling reagent. The structure of the new material was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. Linear solvation energy relationship method was successfully employed to evaluate the new phase with a set of 34 solutes. The retention characteristic of the new phase shows significant similarities with ODS, as well as distinctive features. Multiple mechanisms including hydrophobic, hydrogen bonding, π-π and n-π interaction are involved. The chromatographic behavior of the phase was illustrated by using alkylbenzenes, aromatics positional isomers and flavonoids as probes. Moreover, inorganic anions were individually separated in anion-exchange mode by using the same column. Thus, multi-interaction mechanisms and mixed-mode separation of the new phase can very likely guarantee its excellent chromatographic performance for the analysis of complex samples. The column has been successfully employed for the analysis of clenbuterol in animal urine, and it is demonstrated to be suitable and a competitive alternative analytical method for the determination of clenbuterol.

  17. English as a "Lingua Franca" in the Linguistic Landscape of the Multilingual Resort of S'Arenal in Mallorca

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    Bruyel-Olmedo, Antonio; Juan-Garau, Maria

    2009-01-01

    English has become the "lingua franca" of international exchanges. This is reflected in sociolinguistic studies of linguistic landscape (LL) which tackle the coexistence of English with local languages (e.g. Backhaus, 2007; Cenoz & Gorter, 2006; Edelman, 2006), on occasion oppressed (e.g. Nino-Murcia, 2003). However, there is little…

  18. Catalytic Friedel-Crafts C-H Borylation of Electron-Rich Arenes: Dramatic Rate Acceleration by Added Alkenes.

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    Yin, Qin; Klare, Hendrik F T; Oestreich, Martin

    2017-03-20

    In the electrophilic C-H borylation of electron-rich aromatic compounds with catecholborane, the catalytic generation of the boron electrophile is initiated by heterolysis of the B-H bond by various Lewis and Brønsted acids, with a boronium ion formed exclusively. After ligand dissociation, the corresponding borenium ion undergoes regioselective electrophilic aromatic substitution on aniline derivatives as well as nitrogen-containing heterocycles. The catalysis is optimized using B(C6 F5 )3 as the initiator and proceeds without the addition of an external base or dihydrogen acceptor. Temperatures above 80 °C are generally required to secure efficient turnover in these Friedel-Crafts-type reactions. Mechanistic experiments reveal that regeneration of the boronium/borenium ion with dihydrogen release is rate-determining. This finding finally led to the discovery that, with added alkenes, catalytic C-H borylations can, for the first time, be carried out at room temperature.

  19. The B(C6F5)3 boron Lewis acid route to arene-annulated pentalenes.

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    Chen, Chao; Harhausen, Marcel; Fukazawa, Aiko; Yamaguchi, Shigehiro; Fröhlich, Roland; Daniliuc, Constantin G; Petersen, Jeffrey L; Kehr, Gerald; Erker, Gerhard

    2014-06-01

    4,5-Dimethyl-1,2-bis(1-naphthylethynyl)benzene (12) undergoes a rapid multiple ring-closure reaction upon treatment with the strong boron Lewis acid B(C6F5)3 to yield the multiply annulated, planar conjugated π-system 13 (50 % yield). In the course of this reaction, a C6F5 group was transferred from boron to carbon. Treatment of 12 with CH3B(C6F5)2 proceeded similarly, giving a mixture of 13 (C6F5-transfer) and the product 15, which was formed by CH3-group transfer. 1,2-Bis(phenylethynyl)benzene (8 a) reacts similarly with CH3B(C6F5)2 to yield a mixture of the respective C6F5- and CH3-substituted dibenzopentalenes 10 a and 16. The reaction is thought to proceed through zwitterionic intermediates that exhibit vinyl cation reactivities. Some B(C6F5)3-substituted species (26, 27) consequently formed by in situ deprotonation upon treatment of the respective 1,2-bis(alkynyl)benzene starting materials (24, 8) with the frustrated Lewis pair B(C6F5)3/P(o-tolyl)3. The overall formation of the C6F5-substituted products formally require HB(C6F5)2 cleavage in an intermediate dehydroboration step. This was confirmed in the reaction of a thienylethynyl-containing starting material 21 with B(C6F5)3, which gave the respective annulated pentalene product 23 that had the HB(C6F5)2 moiety 1,4-added to its thiophene ring. Compounds 12-14, 23, and 26 were characterized by X-ray diffraction.

  20. Why Procreative Preferences May be Moral - And Why it May not Matter if They Aren't.

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    Saunders, Ben

    2015-09-01

    There has been much argument over whether procreative selection is obligatory or wrong. Rebecca Bennett has recently challenged the assumption that procreative choices are properly moral choices, arguing that these views express mere preferences. This article challenges Bennett's view on two fronts. First, I argue that the Non-Identity Problem does not show that there cannot be harmless wrongs - though this would require us to abandon the intuitively attractive 'person-affecting principle', that may be a lesser cost than abandoning some more firmly-held intuition. But, even if we accept Bennett's claim that these choices are not moral, that does not show them to be mere personal preferences. I argue that there is a class of non-moral 'categorical preferences' that have much the same implications as moral preferences. If a moral preference for able-bodied children is problematic (as Bennett claims), then so is a non-moral categorical preference. Thus, showing that these preferences are not moral does not show that they are not problematic, since they may still be categorical.

  1. The host-guest complex between cone-25,26:27,28-bis(methylenedioxy)calix[4]arene and dichloromethane.

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    Dielemann, Cedric; Matt, Dominique; Jones, Peter G; Thönnessen, Holger

    2003-05-01

    The title compound, 25,26:27,28-bis(methylenedioxy)pentacyclo[19.3.1.1(3,7).1(9,13).1(15,19)]octacosa-1(25)3,5,7(28),9,11,13(27),15,17,19(26),21,23-dodecaene dichloromethane solvate, C(30)H(24)O(4).CH(2)Cl(2), possesses crystallographic twofold symmetry in both components. The calixarene shows a pinched cone conformation with an elliptical cavity, in which the guest dichloromethane solvent molecule is accommodated. The contact distance between guest and host (H.ring centroid = 2.44 A) is extremely short.

  2. California Court Upholds an Injunction Barring Community Colleges from Selling Books that Aren't Specifically Required for Courses.

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    Fuchsberg, Gilbert

    1989-01-01

    Local bookstore owners charge that the selling of best-sellers and trade books unrelated to coursework by community college bookstores violates California's education code. The decision was not based on free-speech grounds but on the language of the state code. (MSE)

  3. Picture Books Are for Little Kids, Aren't They? Using Picture Books with Adolescent Readers to Enhance Literacy Instruction

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    Senokossoff, Gwyn W.

    2013-01-01

    This article discusses the benefits of using picture books with adolescent readers, describes strategies that can be taught with picture books, and provides examples of books the author has used. Some of the topics discussed include: reading comprehension, visual literacy, interactive read-aloud with facilitative talk, literary elements, and…

  4. STINGRAY: Time Series Methods For Astronomical X-ray Data That Aren't Fishy At All!

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    Stevens, Abigail; Huppenkothen, Daniela

    2016-03-01

    In much of the small X-ray timing community, the data analysis software is old, private, poorly maintained, and poorly documented, and we believe this will hinder the further development of the sub-field. With the advent of new timing missions like ASTROSAT and NICER, we want the community to have software that has a low entrance threshold and relatively small learning curve. We are in the early stages of developing Stingray, a general-purpose python package for timing and spectral-timing analysis of astronomical X-ray data, with the intent to expand to fast timing data in other wavelengths in the future. GitHub pull requests and issues are welcome! http://stingraysoftware.github.io/

  5. Substituent effects in cation-π interactions revisited: a general approach based on intrinsic properties of the arenes.

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    Bauzá, A; Deyà, P M; Frontera, A; Quiñonero, D

    2014-01-28

    The controversial proposal that substituent effects in cation-π interactions can be attributed mainly to electrostatic effects between the ion and local dipoles has been theoretically studied by analyzing 171 aromatics interacting with Na(+). Our results stress the importance of both electrostatic and π-polarization effects to properly describe cation-π interactions.

  6. "But Aren't Diesel Engines Just for Big, Smelly Trucks?" An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Project for High School Chemistry Students

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    Zoellner, Brian P.; Chant, Richard H.; Wood, Kelly

    2014-01-01

    In a collaboration between the University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services and Sandalwood High School in Duval County, Florida, social studies and science education professors and a science teacher worked together to develop student understanding about the limited use of diesel-fueled cars in the United States when compared…

  7. Rapid Room‐Temperature, Chemoselective Csp2 −Csp2 Coupling of Poly(pseudo)halogenated Arenes Enabled by Palladium(I) Catalysis in Air

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    Kalvet, Indrek; Magnin, Guillaume

    2016-01-01

    Abstract While chemoselectivities in Pd0‐catalyzed coupling reactions are frequently non‐intuitive and a result of a complex interplay of ligand/catalyst, substrate, and reaction conditions, we herein report a general method based on PdI that allows for an a priori predictable chemoselective Csp2 −Csp2 coupling at C−Br in preference to C−OTf and C−Cl bonds, regardless of the electronic or steric bias of the substrate. The C−C bond formations are extremely rapid (<5 min at RT) and are catalyzed by an air‐ and moisture‐stable PdI dimer under open‐flask conditions. PMID:28032945

  8. Arene-Ru(II)-Chloroquine Complexes Interact With DNA, Induce Apoptosis on Human Lymphoid Cell Lines and Display Low Toxicity to Normal Mammalian Cells

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    Martínez, Alberto; Rajapakse, Chandima S.K.; Varela-Ramírez, Armando; Lema, Carolina; Aguilera, Renato J.; Sánchez-Delgado, Roberto A.

    2010-01-01

    The complexes [Ru(η6-p-cymene)(CQ)Cl2] (1), [Ru(η6-benzene)(CQ)Cl2] (2), [Ru(η6-p-cymene)(CQ)(H2O)2][BF4]2 (3), [Ru(η6- p-cymene)(en)(CQ)][PF6]2 (4), [Ru(η6-p-cymene)(η6-CQDP)][BF4]2 (5) (CQ = chloroquine base; CQDP = chloroquine diphosphate; en = ethylenediamine) interact with DNA to a comparable extent to that of CQ and in analogous intercalative manner with no evidence for any direct contribution of the metal, as shown by spectrophotometric and fluorimetric titrations, thermal denaturation measurements, circular dichroism spectroscopy and electrophoresis mobility shift assays. Complexes 1–5 induced cytotoxicity in Jurkat and SUP-T1 cancer cells primarily via apoptosis. Despite the similarities in the DNA binding behavior of complexes 1–5 with those of CQ the antitumor properties of the metal drugs do not correlate with those of CQ, indicating that DNA is not the principal target in the mechanism of cytotoxicity of these compounds. Importantly, the Ru-CQ complexes are generally less toxic toward normal mouse splenocytes and human foreskin fibroblast cells than the standard antimalarial drug CQDP and therefore this type of compound shows promise for drug development. PMID:20605217

  9. Imagined Actions Aren't Just Weak Actions: Task Variability Promotes Skill Learning in Physical Practice but Not in Mental Practice

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    Coelho, Chase J.; Nusbaum, Howard C.; Rosenbaum, David A.; Fenn, Kimberly M.

    2012-01-01

    Early research on visual imagery led investigators to suggest that mental visual images are just weak versions of visual percepts. Later research helped investigators understand that mental visual images differ in deeper and more subtle ways from visual percepts. Research on motor imagery has yet to reach this mature state, however. Many authors…

  10. Decomposition of some polynitro arenes initiated by heat and shock Part II: Several N-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)-substituted amino derivatives.

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    Varga, Róbert; Zeman, Svatopluk; Kouba, Martin

    2006-10-11

    Samples of 2,4,6-trinitroaniline (PAM), 2,4,6-trinitro-N-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)aniline (DPA), N,N'-bis(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)-3,5-dinitropyridine-2,6-diamine (PYX) and N,N',N''-tris(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine (TPM) were exposed to heat or to shock and then analysed chromatographically (LC-UV and LC/MS). It was found that the main identified decomposition products of these two incomplete initiations are identical for each of the compounds studied. It has been stated that the chemical micro-mechanism of the primary fragmentations of their low-temperature decomposition should be the same as in the case of their initiation by shock, including fragmentation during their detonation transformation.

  11. Thermochromic organometallic complexes: experimental and theoretical studies of 16- to 18-electron interconversions of adducts of arene Ru(II) carboranes with aromatic amine ligands.

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    Barry, Nicolas P E; Deeth, Robert J; Clarkson, Guy J; Prokes, Ivan; Sadler, Peter J

    2013-02-21

    A series of 18-electron complexes of general formula [Ru(p-cym)(1,2-dicarba-closo-dodecaborane-1,2-dithiolato)(L)] (p-cym = para-cymene; L = 4-dimethylaminopyridine (2), nicotinamide (3), 3-ethynylpyridine (4), N-methylimidazole (5), 4-cyanopyridine (6), and pyridine (7)) were synthesised by reactions between the 16-electron precursor [Ru(p-cym)(1,2-dicarba-closo-dodecaborane-1,2-dithiolato)] (1) and corresponding heterocyclic bases. X-ray crystal structures of complexes 2 and 5 were determined. In dichloromethane and chloroform solutions at ambient temperature, the 18-electron complexes 2-7 are in equilibrium with the 16-electron precursor 1. Each equilibrium is displaced towards the formation of the blue 16-electron or yellow 18-electron complex by increasing or decreasing the temperature of the solution, respectively, which results in controlled and reversible thermochromism. Binding constants (K) and Gibbs free energies (ΔG°) of the six equilibria have been determined by a combination of experiments (Job plots, UV-visible titrations, NMR studies) and also by computation (time-dependent density functional theory, TD-DFT). A linear free energy relationship for log K versus pK(a) for the pyridine and imidazole ligands was established. The predicted strong interactions of 1 with other aromatic amine ligands, such as amphetamine derivatives, were verified experimentally. This appears to be the first report of reversible 16/18-electron interconversions with associated thermochromic properties for a well-known family of complexes.

  12. The Acidity of the HBr/AlBr3 System: Stabilization of Crystalline Protonated Arenes and Their Acidity in Bromoaluminate Ionic Liquids.

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    Scholz, Franziska; Himmel, Daniel; Eisele, Lea; Unkrig, Wiebke; Martens, Arthur; Schlüter, Peter; Krossing, Ingo

    2015-05-11

    Bulk protonated mesitylene, toluene, and benzene bromoaluminate salts were stabilized and characterized in the superacidic system HBr/n AlBr3 with NMR spectroscopy and X-ray analysis of [HC6 H3 (CH3 )3 ](+) [AlBr4 ](-) (1), [HC6 H5 (CH3 )](+) [AlBr4 ](-) (2), and [C6 H7 ](+) [Al2 Br7 ](-) ⋅C6 H6 (3). Protonation attempts in bromoaluminate ILs led to a complete protonation of mesitylene, and a protonation degree of up to 15 % for toluene in the IL BMP(+) [Al2 Br7 ](-) . Benzene could only be protonated in the more acidic IL BMP(+) [Al3 Br10 ](-) , with a degree of 25 %. Protonation attempts on aromatics provide evidence that the bromoaluminate ILs tolerate superacidic environments. On the basis of the absolute Brønsted acidity scale, quantum chemical calculations confirmed the superacidic properties, and rank the acidities in ILs down to a pHabs value of 164 with an error of less than one pH unit compared with experimental findings. The neat AlBr3 /HBr system even may reach acidities down to pHabs 163.

  13. "We Wanted Those People to See That Indians Aren't Stupid": Identity, Representation, and Resistance in the Cultural Tourism of the Wapato Indian Club

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    Jacob, Michelle M.

    2012-01-01

    In the 1970s a group of American Indian junior high school students requested that their public school, located on the Yakama Reservation, provide them with opportunities to learn traditional Yakama and powwow-style dancing. They found an advocate in their school counselor, a Yakama woman who helped them form the Wapato Indian Club dance troupe, a…

  14. Why Aren't E-Books Gaining More Ground in Academic Libraries? E-Book Use and Perceptions: A Review of Published Literature and Research

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    Slater, Robert

    2010-01-01

    E-books have yet to assume a significant place in academic library collections. This article focuses on extracting common themes from the literature that might help the reader better understand why e-books have not yet become the cornerstone of the academic library. Patrons do not use e-books because they find the experience of using e-books…

  15. “Just Because It's Out There, People Aren't Going to Use It.” HIV Self-Testing Among Young, Black MSM, and Transgender Women

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    Wilton, Leo; Hirshfield, Sabina; Chiasson, Mary Ann; Usher, DaShawn; Lucy, Debbie; McCrossin, Jermaine; Greene, Emily; Koblin, Beryl

    2015-01-01

    Abstract HIV disproportionately affects young black MSM and transgender women in the US. Increasing HIV testing rates among these populations is a critical public health goal. Although HIV self-tests are commercially available, there is a need to better understand access to and uptake of HIV self-testing among this population. Here, we report results of a qualitative study of 30 young black MSM and transgender women residing in the New York City area to understand facilitators of and barriers to a range of HIV testing approaches, including self-testing. Mean age was 23.7 years (SD = 3.4). Over half (54%) had some college or an associate's degree, yet 37% had an annual personal income of less than $10,000 per year. Most (64%) participants had tested in the past 6 months; venues included community health/free clinics, medical offices, mobile testing units, hospitals, emergency departments, and research sites. Just one participant reported ever using a commercially available HIV self-test. Facilitators of self-testing included convenience, control, and privacy, particularly as compared to venue-based testing. Barriers to self-testing included the cost of the test, anxiety regarding accessing the test, concerns around correct test operation, and lack of support if a test result is positive. Participants indicated that instruction in correct test operation and social support in the event of a positive test result may increase the likelihood that they would use the self-test. Alongside developing new approaches to HIV prevention, developing ways to increase HIV self-testing is a public health priority for young, black MSM, and transgender women. PMID:26376029

  16. "Just Because It's Out There, People Aren't Going to Use It." HIV Self-Testing Among Young, Black MSM, and Transgender Women.

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    Frye, Victoria; Wilton, Leo; Hirshfied, Sabina; Chiasson, Mary Ann; Usher, DaShawn; Lucy, Debbie; McCrossin, Jermaine; Greene, Emily; Koblin, Beryl; Kobin, Beryl

    2015-11-01

    HIV disproportionately affects young black MSM and transgender women in the US. Increasing HIV testing rates among these populations is a critical public health goal. Although HIV self-tests are commercially available, there is a need to better understand access to and uptake of HIV self-testing among this population. Here, we report results of a qualitative study of 30 young black MSM and transgender women residing in the New York City area to understand facilitators of and barriers to a range of HIV testing approaches, including self-testing. Mean age was 23.7 years (SD = 3.4). Over half (54%) had some college or an associate's degree, yet 37% had an annual personal income of less than $10,000 per year. Most (64%) participants had tested in the past 6 months; venues included community health/free clinics, medical offices, mobile testing units, hospitals, emergency departments, and research sites. Just one participant reported ever using a commercially available HIV self-test. Facilitators of self-testing included convenience, control, and privacy, particularly as compared to venue-based testing. Barriers to self-testing included the cost of the test, anxiety regarding accessing the test, concerns around correct test operation, and lack of support if a test result is positive. Participants indicated that instruction in correct test operation and social support in the event of a positive test result may increase the likelihood that they would use the self-test. Alongside developing new approaches to HIV prevention, developing ways to increase HIV self-testing is a public health priority for young, black MSM, and transgender women.

  17. Why aren't women choosing STEM academic jobs? Observations from a small-group discussion at the 2016 American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.

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    Adamowicz, Elizabeth M

    2017-03-15

    This commentary summarizes a small-group discussion that recently occurred at the American Society for Microbiology annual general meeting, ASM Microbe, in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16-20, 2016, on the topic 'why are so few women choosing to become academics?' Specifically, the discussion focused on asking what the actual and perceived barriers to academic STEM careers women face, and possible solutions to address them which would make women more likely to seek out academic careers. The conclusions reached suggest that, despite improvement in recent years, women and minorities still face complex barriers to STEM academic careers, and further research is needed to determine the best solutions to this problem.

  18. Silylations of Arenes with Hydrosilanes: From Transition-Metal-Catalyzed C¢X Bond Cleavage to Environmentally Benign Transition-Metal-Free C¢H Bond Activation.

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    Xu, Zheng; Xu, Li-Wen

    2015-07-08

    The construction of carbon-silicon bonds is highlighted as an exciting achievement in the field of organosilicon chemistry and green chemistry. Recent developments in this area will enable the sustainable chemical conversion of silicon resources into synthetically useful compounds. Especially, the catalytic silylation through C¢H bond activation without directing groups and hydrogen acceptors is one of the most challenging topics in organic chemistry and green chemistry. These remarkable findings on catalytic silylation can pave the way to a more environmentally benign utilization of earth-abundant silicon-based resources in synthetic chemistry.

  19. "We Aren't Heroes, We're Survivors": Higher Education as an Opportunity for Students with Disabilities to Reinvent an Identity

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    Moriña, Anabel

    2017-01-01

    The partial results of ongoing research in the "University Barriers and Aids Identified by Students with Disabilities" Project are presented. This four-year study (2011-2014) was carried out by a University of Seville research team with lecturers from a variety of fields and areas of knowledge (Educational Sciences, Economics, Health…

  20. Rhodium nanocatalysts stabilized by various bipyridine ligands in nonaqueous ionic liquids: influence of the bipyridine coordination modes in arene catalytic hydrogenation.

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    Léger, Bastien; Denicourt-Nowicki, Audrey; Olivier-Bourbigou, Hélène; Roucoux, Alain

    2008-10-06

    Rhodium nanoparticles stabilized by 2,2'-, 3,3'-, 4,4'-bipyridine ligands were prepared in various ionic liquids according to a chemical reduction approach. Zerovalent nanospecies in the size range of 2.0-2.5 nm were characterized. The nature of the bipyridine and its influence on the coordination environment of rhodium nanoparticles were investigated in various nonaqueous ionic liquids according to the cation and anion. The hydrogenation of various aromatic compounds by these colloidal suspensions was carried out at 80 degrees C and under 40 bar of H 2. A first structural explanation based on bipyridine coordination modes is proposed to justify the observed different activities.