Here we report a family of bis-amide receptors for anion binding that contain carboxylic acid groups vicinal to the amide function. Deprotonation of the carboxylic acids decreases the acidity of amide NHs, switching on the anion binding ability of the deprotonated receptors with selectivity for fluoride complexation. The proposed systems represent a unique example of anionic receptors able to bind anions via H-bonding.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|