Spectral Comparison of the Binding of Pyrene to beta-Cyclodextrin and beta-Cyclodextrin Derivatives
Abstract:beta-Cyclodextrin (beta-CD) is a seven-unit cyclic sugar molecule with a torroidal shape, a hydrophilic exterior, and a hydrophobic cavity. It has been hypothesized that pyrene (P) forms a P(beta-CD)2 complex in which the pyrene lies in between the two wide, or secondary, rims of the two beta-CDs. This dimer structure appears to be stabilized in the crystal state by hydrogen bonds between-OH groups on the rims of the adjacent beta-CDs. We have chosen to test this hypothesis by comparing the fluorescence properties of pyrene in the presence of substituted beta-CDs with these properties in the presence of beta-CD. These properties include the shape (I/III vibronic band ratio) and lifetime of pyrene fluorescence and the effect on the pyrene I/III ratio of additives such as an iodide ion and a fluorinated alcohol. The CD derivatives in this investigation include those with no wide rim substitution and those with substitution on both the wide and narrow rims of beta-CD. Our data indicate that the a P(beta-CD)2 complex forms only when there is no substitution on the wide rim, which confirms the proposed structure for this complex. Index Headings: Cyclodextrins; Pyrene; Guest/host complexes; Fluorescence.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2000
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