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Paper | Special issue | Vol 90, No. 1, 2015, pp.462-481
Published online, 19th August, 2014
DOI: 10.3987/COM-14-S(K)43
Synthesis of Bicyclic Dioxetanes Bearing a Hydroxyphenanthrene or Hydroxy[4]helicene Moiety and Their Base-Induced Chemiluminescent Decomposition

Yohei Koyama, Nobuko Watanabe, Hisako K. Ijuin, and Masakatsu Matsumoto*

*Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kanagawa University, 2946 Tsuchiya, Hiratsuka 259-1293, Japan


Six bicyclic dioxetanes bearing a 1-hydroxyphenanthren-3-yl 2-iv, 3-hydroxyphenanthren-1-yl 2-ov, 4-hydroxyphenanthren-2-yl 2-oh, 2-hydroxyphenanthren-4-yl 2-ih, 4-hydroxy[4]helicen-2-yl 3-iv and 2-hydroxy[4]helicen-4-yl group 3-ov were synthesized and their base-induced chemiluminescent decomposition was investigated in a TBAF (tetrabutylammonium fluoride) / MeCN system. For dioxetanes in the iv-series 2-iv and 3-iv including α-naphthol-analog 17a and those in the ov-series 2-ov and 3-ov including β-naphthol-analog 17b, we investigated how the chemiluminescence properties changed with an increase in the number of fused benzene rings of a hydroxyarene moiety attached to a dioxetane ring. The results showed that a) maximum wavelength of chemiluminescence λmaxCL tended to shift to a longer wavelength region as the number of fused benzene rings increased, b) the kCTID values for the iv-series were >1000 times larger than those for the ov-series regardless of the number of fused benzene rings, and c) a dioxetane in the iv-series tended to have a higher singlet-chemiexcitation efficiency ΦS than the corresponding dioxetane in the ov-series. This tendency could be explained by the “syn/anti” rotational isomerism of an aromatic electron donor, where an anti-rotamer gives ΦS far more effectively than a syn-rotamer.