Toward the development of photoresponsive anion receptors, a stiff-stilbene photoswitch has been equipped' with two urea anion -binding motifs. Photoinduced E/Z isomerization has been studied in detail by UV-vis and NMR spectroscopy. Titration experiments (H-1 NMR) reveal strong binding of acetate and phosphate to the (Z)-isomer, in which the urea groups are closely together. Isomerization to the (E)-form separates the urea motifs, resulting in much weaker binding. Additionally, geometry optimizations by density functional theory (DFT) illustrate that oxo-anion binding to the (Z)-form involves four hydrogen bonds.
- PHOTOSWITCHABLE PROPERTIES
- HALIDE ANIONS