Acta Crystallographica Section C

Volume 68, Part 1 (January 2012)

organic compounds

eg3079 scheme

Acta Cryst. (2012). C68, o23-o27    [ doi:10.1107/S0108270111051900 ]

2,2'',3,3'',4,4'',5,5''-Octaphenyl-1,1':4',1''-terphenyl and 2',3',5',6'-tetrafluoro-2,2'',3,3'',4,4'',5,5''-octaphenyl-1,1':4',1''-terphenyl

S. M. Budy, G. S. Nichol and D. A. Loy

Abstract: The title compounds, C66H46, (I), and C66H42F4, (II), are polyphenylated arylenes synthesized by one-step Diels-Alder cycloaddition reactions. In both structures, all molecules lie on crystallographic inversion centers. In the case of (I), there are two half-molecules present in the asymmetric unit, (IA) and (IB); the geometry of each half-molecule differs principally in the magnitudes of the dihedral angles between mean planes fitted through the central aryl ring and the pendant phenyl rings. The crystal used was a non-merohedral twin, with a refined twin scale factor of 0.460 (8). The dihedral angle between the plane of the central tetrafluorinated ring and the adjacent tetraphenylated ring in (II) is 83.87 (4)°, significantly greater than the dihedral angles of 49.89 (12) and 54.38 (10)° found in the two half-molecules in (IA) and (IB), respectively, and attributed to intermolecular C-H...F hydrogen bonding in (II). Intermolecular C-H...[pi] bonding is found in (I). Two interactions have the C-H bond oriented towards the centroid (Cg) of a butadiene fragment of a phenyl ring; both H...Cg distances are approximately 2.68 Å and the interactions connect adjacent molecules into stacks in the c-axis direction. The composition of the stacks alternates, i.e. (IA)-(IB)-(IA)-(IB) etc. A third, weaker, C-H...[pi] interaction and a phenyl-phenyl close contact connect each end of the long molecular axes of (IB) with an adjacent molecule of (IA) into chains which run perpendicular to the (140) and (\overline{1}40) planes. C-H...F interactions in (II) have the most profound influence on the molecular and crystal structure, the main effect of which is the above-mentioned increase in the dihedral angle between the plane of the central tetrafluorinated ring and the adjacent tetraphenylated ring. C-H...F interactions have refined H...F distances of 2.572 (15) and 2.642 (16) Å, with approximate C-H...F angles of 123 and 157°, respectively. These form a hydrogen-bonded ribbon structure which propagates in the b-axis direction.

Formula: C66H46 and C66H42F4

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[ doi:10.1107/S0108270111051900/eg3079Isup2.hkl ]
Contains datablock I

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Structure factor file (CIF format) (333.2 kbytes)
[ doi:10.1107/S0108270111051900/eg3079IIsup3.hkl ]
Contains datablock II


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