Critical theoretical analysis of supramolecular chirogenesis in a sterically hindered porphyrin

03 May 2023, Version 1
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The determination of molecular stereochemistry and absolute configuration is an important part of modern chemistry, pharmacology, and biology. Electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectroscopy is a wildly used tool for chirality assignment, especially with porphyrin macrocycles employed as reporter chromophores. However, the mechanisms of induced ECD in porphyrin complexes are yet to be comprehensively rationalized. In this work the ECD spectra of a sterically hindered hexacationic porphyrin with two camphorsulfonic acids in dichloromethane and chloroform were experimentally measured and computationally analyzed. The modulation of ECD spectra by geometric factors such as the position of chiral guest molecules, distortion of the porphyrin macrocycle, and orientation of aromatic and non-aromatic peripheral substituents was theoretically studied. Various potential pitfalls, such as lack of significant conformations and accidental agreement of experimental and simulated spectra, are considered and discussed.


circular dichroism
density functional calculations
conformational design


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