22-Hydroxybenziporphyrin: Switching of Antiaromaticity by Phenol-Keto Tautomerization

Marcin Stępień ,  Lechosław Latos-Grażyński ,  Ludmiła Szterenberg 

University of Wrocław, Faculty of Chemistry, Joliot-Curie 14, Wrocław 50-383, Poland


Benziporphyrins constitute a class of porphyrin analogs in which one of the pyrrole rings is replaced with a benzene ring [1]. The aromaticity of these molecules depends on their topology [2, 3], tautomerism [4, 5], and coordination chemistry [5]. Here we will describe 22-hydroxybenziporphyrin 1, which has been shown to exist as an equilibrium mixture of the 6-π electron phenolic tautomer 1 and the 20-π electron keto form 2. Aromaticity and tautomerism of these two forms has been probed with proton NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations.


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Presentation: oral at 18th Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, Symposium 1, by Marcin Stępień
See On-line Journal of 18th Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry

Submitted: 2006-05-30 20:17
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44