A remarkable stereoselectivity switching upon solid-state versus solution-phase enantiodifferentiating photocyclodimerization of 2-anthracenecarboxylic acid mediated by native and 3,6-anhydro-γ-cyclodextrins

Cheng Yang, Masaki Nishijima, Asao Nakamura, Tadashi Mori, Takehiko Wada, Yoshihisa Inoue

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The enantiodifferentiating [4+4] photocyclodimerization of anthracenecarboxylic acid (AC) mediated by native, mono- and di-3,6-anhydro-γ-cyclodextrins was investigated in both aqueous solution and solid-state. The solid-state photolyses gave inherently disfavored head-to-head photodimers in much higher chemical and optical yields than in the aqueous solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4357-4360
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun 18
Externally publishedYes



  • 3,6-Anhydro-γ-cyclodextrin
  • Anthracenecarboxylic acid
  • Photocyclodimerization
  • Solid-state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery

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