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Molecular design and synthesis of a calix[6]crown-based lithium-selective ionophore

Authors
Journal
Tetrahedron Letters
0040-4039
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
41
Issue
24
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0040-4039(00)00729-2

Abstract

Abstract Several 1,4-bridged calix[6]arene tetraesters were prepared from 1,4- p-tert-calix[6]crown-4’s by etherifying with ethyl bromoacetate. It was found that the 1,4- p-tert-calix[6]crown-4 tetraethylester ( 3a) and the 1,4- p-tert-calix[6]benzocrown-4 tetramethylester ( 4b) exhibit very high selectivity toward lithium and sodium ions, respectively. The ion selectivity is very sensitive to the structure of polyoxyethylene spacer and the R in the ester moiety.

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