Development of bis(2-picolyl)amine-zinc chelates for imidazole receptors

T. Routasalo, J. Helaja, J. Kavakka, A.M.P. Koskinen

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    New phenyl and phenol bis(2-picolyl)amine (Dpa) derivatives have been synthesized in order to generate zinc chelates for imidazole anion receptors. Previously, binuclear phenolic zinc and copper chelates have shown affinity for
    pyrophosphate and guanidine anions, respectively. Herein we report significant imidazole affinity increasing from 2.38106 to 2.90107 for phenol-bridged binuclear zinc–Dpa chelates, as evidenced by dynamic and titration 1H NMR
    studies. Among the Dpa chelates investigated, the zinc-coordinated phenol group plays a crucial role in the mechanism of anion binding. Low-temperature 1H NMR experiments suggest a σν-symmetric geometry for the imidazole chelate. Computational DFT studies at the B3LYP level of theory imply that imidazole binding displaces the phenol bridge between the zinc ions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3190-3199
    JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
    Issue number18
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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