Tetra-O-alkylated calix[4]arenes in the 1,3-alternate conformation Academic Article uri icon


  • A general method has been developed for the preparation of tetra-O-alkylated calix[4]arenes in the 1,3-altemate conformation (3a,ce) starting from p-tert-butylcalix[4]arenes la,b using Cs2CO3 in DMF. The 1,3-altemate conformation was unequivocally proved by an X-ray structure determination of 3a. The scope of the reaction was investigated starting from a series of diametrically di-O-alkylated calix[4] arenes 4a-e having different substituents R2 (t-Bu, CHO, NO2, Br, CN) at the para positions of the phenolic rings. The reactions of 4a-d (R2 = t-Bu, CHO, NO2, Br) yielded the corresponding tetra-O-alkylated calix[4]arenes in the 1,3-altemate conformation 5a-d (51-73%). However, the dicyanocalix[4]arene 4e gave the partial cone conformer 6 as the major reaction product. 1992, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Verboom, W., Datta, S., Asfari, Z., Harkema, S., & Reinhoudt, D. N.

citation count

  • 107

complete list of authors

  • Verboom, Willem||Datta, Sumana||Asfari, Zouhair||Harkema, Sybolt||Reinhoudt, David N