A method for synthesizing highly strained cyclic structures by combining photochromic and synthetic reactions is described. Tightly linked azobenzene-binaphthyl dyads (R)-4 and (R)-6 could not be obtained by conventional cyclization, but continuous application of photoirradiation, which induced (E)→(Z) isomerization of the azobenzene moiety, allowed the cyclization reaction to proceed, affording the desired chiral azobenzenophanes.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry