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Conformational Modulation of Sequence Recognition in Synthetic Macromolecules

DOI: 10.1021/ja2067115 DOI Help

Authors: Zhixue Zhu (University of Reading) , Christine J Cardin (University of Reading) , Yu Gan (University of Reading) , Claire Murray (Diamond Light Source) , Andrew J. P. White (Imperial College) , David J. Williams (Imperial College) , Howard Colquhoun (University of Reading)
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Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Journal Of The American Chemical Society , VOL 133 , PAGES 19442 - 19447

State: Published (Approved)
Published: December 2011

Abstract: The different triplet sequences in high molecular weight aromatic copolyimides comprising pyromellitimide units ("I") flanked by either ether-ketone ("K") or ether-sulfone residues ("S") show different binding strengths for pyrene-based tweezer-molecules. Such molecules bind primarily to the diimide unit through complementary pi-pi-stacking and hydrogen bonding. However, as shown by the magnitudes of H-1 NMR complexation shifts and tweezer-polymer binding constants, the triplet "SIS" binds tweezer-molecules more strongly than "KIS" which in turn binds such molecules more strongly than "KIK". Computational models for tweezer-polymer binding, together with single-crystal X-ray analyses of tweezer-complexes with macrocyclic ether-imides, reveal that the variations in binding strength between the different triplet sequences arise from the different conformational preferences of aromatic rings at diarylketone and diarylsulfone linkages. These preferences determine whether or not chain-folding and secondary pi-pi-stacking occurs between the arms of the tweezer-molecule and the 4,4'-biphenylene units which flank the central diimide residue.

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