X-ray structures of the tris(2,4-xylyl)phosphane and its trisulfonated derivative: Molecular architecture of a water-soluble sulfonated phosphane with propeller chirality

A. Bényei, Henrik Gulyás, Yoshiki Ozawa, Kimihiro Kimura, Koshiro Toriumi, T. Kégl, J. Bakos

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The structure of tris(2,4-xylyl)phosphane (1) is reported and supramolecular assembly of gua+ salt of tris(2,4-dimethyl-5-sulfonatophenyl)phosphane co-crystal with guanidine chloride (2) is analyzed in detail. Weaving hydrogen bond ribbons with polar and apolar stabilizing pillars as well as stacking interaction of phenyl rings resulting sixfold phenyl embraces interpenetrating with the polar networks were found. Both compounds are racemate, show propeller chirality and 2 crystallizes in non-centrosymmetric space group (C3 symmetry) with the ortho-methyl groups outside of the molecular cone. According to the DFT calculations on the anion of 2, the high barrier of concerted ring rotation opens the possibility of resolving the enantiomers through hydrogen bonds to chiral donors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1845-1851
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2007



  • Guanidium
  • Propeller chirality
  • Sulfonated phosphane
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • X-ray analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)

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