Aromatic oligoamides adopting helical conformations are synthesized by coupling carboxyl-terminated basic units having two, four, and eight residues to amine-terminated oligomer precursors. Coupling yields show no noticeable reduction with the size of the basic units or the final product. One- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy and computational studies demonstrate the reliable helical folding of these oligomers. The X-ray structure of 16mer 7 reveals a compact, multiturn helix having a 9 Å inner pore.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry