Electronic and vibrational exciton coupling in oxidized trianglimines

November 2, 2018


Electronic and vibrational exciton coupling in oxidized trianglimines


Joanna Szymkowiak, Marcin Kwit






Readily available chiral trianglimine and their (poly)oxygenated congeners represent a unique class of macrocyclic rigid compounds optimal for testing electronic and vibrational circular dichroism exciton chirality methods. Electronic and vibrational circular dichroism spectra of such trianglimines are strongly affected by polar substituents in macrocycle skeletons. Double substitution by OH groups in each aromatic fragment of the macrocycle causes sign reversal of the exciton couplet in the region of the strongest UV absorption. On the other hand, electronic circular dichroism spectrum of the macrocycle having 2 methoxy groups shows 2 exciton couplets—the long‐wavelength positive and the second of the negative sign, observed at the shorter wavelengths.

VCD spectra of macrocyclic imines show vibrational exciton couplets in the region of strong C=N stretches. The signs of these couplets are positive and the opposite of the diamine chirality. For trianglimine macrocycles the interpretation of VCD spectra in terms of excitons is much more convincing than for electronic circular dichroism spectra.

By contrast, trans‐1,2‐diaminocyclohexane–based vicinal diimines, being a one‐third of the respective macrocycle, do not exhibit any vibrational exciton effect. Experimental data were confronted with DFT calculations. We observed good‐to‐excellent agreement between experimental and computed data.




Vibrational circular dichroism, oxidized trianglimines