Free Base Porpholactone from meso-Tetraaryl-2 , 3-dihydroxy-chlorin

  • Mccarthy J
  • Jenkins H
  • Bru C
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meso-Tetraaryl-2,3-dihydroxychlorins (1) were converted in one step to the novel free base macrocycles meso-tetraaryl-2,3-dialkoxy-2a-oxa- 2a-homoporphyrins (morpholinochlorins, 3). Their bathochromically shifted chlorin-type UV−vis spectra indicate the presence of a nonplanar chromophore. The structure of meso-tetratolyldiethoxymorpholinochlorin (3b), as determined by X-ray crystallography, was found to be largely planar, suggesting significant conformational flexibility of these macrocycles. Oxidation of diol 1 with MnO4- generates known porpholactone 4 in high yields. Nature

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  • Jason R Mccarthy

  • Hilary A Jenkins

  • Christian Bru

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