Regioselective Recognition of a [60]Fullerene-Bisadduct by Cyclodextrin

Atsushi Ikeda, Michiko Ishikawa, Ryota Aono, Jun-ichi Kikuchi, Motofusa Akiyama, and Wataru Shinoda

J. Org. Chem. 78, 2534-2541 (2013).

The three different regioisomers of bis-N-methylfulleropyrrolidines have been separated by controlling the relative amounts of γ-cyclodextrin and DMSO contained in solutions of these compounds. When a small amount of γ- CDx was used in a mechanochemical high-speed vibration milling apparatus, the trans-1 and trans-2γ-CDx complexes were separated from the trans-3γ-CDx complex. In contrast, trans-3 was extracted in a relatively high ratio with an excess of γ-CDx. The addition of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to aqueous solutions of the fullerene derivative γ-CDx complexes allowed for the three regioisomers to be obtained in high purity (>95%). The basis for the observed regioselective separation was a competition between the relative stabilities and solubilities of the complexes in the water and water- DMSO solvents. The stabilities of the complexes in water were assessed by the number of hydrogen bonding interactions between the two γ-CDx units using molecular dynamics simulations. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported example of the isolation of the different regioisomers of fullerene derivatives using host-guest complexes.