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Redox-Dependent Conformational Switching of Diphenylacetylenes

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Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TA, UK
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Molecules 2014, 19(8), 11316-11332; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules190811316
Received: 28 April 2014 / Revised: 23 July 2014 / Accepted: 24 July 2014 / Published: 31 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding)
Herein we describe the design and synthesis of a redox-dependent single-molecule switch. Appending a ferrocene unit to a diphenylacetylene scaffold gives a redox-sensitive handle, which undergoes reversible one-electron oxidation, as demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry analysis. 1H-NMR spectroscopy of the partially oxidized switch and control compounds suggests that oxidation to the ferrocenium cation induces a change in hydrogen bonding interactions that results in a conformational switch. View Full-Text
Keywords: molecular switch; ferrocene; hydrogen bonding; amide bond; redox; translational isomerism molecular switch; ferrocene; hydrogen bonding; amide bond; redox; translational isomerism
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Jones, I.M.; Knipe, P.C.; Michaelos, T.; Thompson, S.; Hamilton, A.D. Redox-Dependent Conformational Switching of Diphenylacetylenes. Molecules 2014, 19, 11316-11332.

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