New chiral metalloporphyrins capable of multi-point recognition are prepared and their recognition behavior, especially chiral recognition, is studied. The first part of the paper is concerned with general formalism for multi-point recognition, where uniqueness of multi-point recognition, isolation of interaction in terms of free energy, enthalpy and entropy, and the meaning of these thermodynamic parameters are discussed. Enantioselective binding of amino acid esters to two new chiral porphyrins is investigated by UV-vis, NMR and IR spectroscopic methods. Chiral recognition is achieved by combination of three recognition interactions between host and guest.
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