Synthesis and pKa determination of new enantiopure dimethyl-substituted acridino-crown ethers containing a carboxyl group: Useful candidates for enantiomeric recognition studies

Research paper by Tamás Németh, Gergő Dargó, József Levente Petró, Zsófia Petrik, Sándor Lévai, Balázs Krámos, Zoltán Béni, József Nagy, György Tibor Balogh, Péter Huszthy, Tünde Tóth

Indexed on: 28 Jun '17Published on: 26 Jun '17Published in: Chirality


New enantiopure dimethyl-substituted acridino-18-crown-6 and acridino-21-crown-7 ethers containing a carboxyl group at position 9 of the acridine ring [(S,S)-8, (S,S)-9, (R,R)-10] were synthesized. The pKa values of the new crown ethers [(S,S)-8, (S,S)-9, (R,R)-10] and of an earlier reported macrocycle [(R,R)-2] were determined by UV-pH titrations. Crown ether (S,S)-8 was attached to silica gel by covalent bonds and the enantiomeric separation ability of the newly prepared chiral stationary phase [(S,S)-CSP-12] was studied by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Homochiral preference was observed and the best separation was achieved for the enantiomers of 1-NEA. Ligands (S,S)-9 and (R,R)-10 are precursors of enantioselective sensor and selector molecules for the enantiomers of protonated primary amines, amino acids, and their derivatives.