Acyclic Oligopyrrolic Anion Receptors

  • Hiromitsu MaedaEmail author
Part of the Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry book series (TOPICS, volume 24)


Recent progress in the guest-binding and supramolecular chemistry of anion-responsive acyclic oligopyrroles is summarized here in this chapter. The hydrogen-bonding properties of the pyrrole NH sites determine anion binding in acylic oligopyrroles such as guanidinocarbonyl and amidopyrroles, dipyrrins and their analogs, dipyrrolylquinoxalines, and boron complexes of dipyrrolyldiketones. Linear oligopyrroles can be incorporated as subunits in various macromolecules and complexes by means of covalent and noncovalent interactions; in fact, boron complexes of dipyrrolyldiketones form assembled structures and, with the appropriate substituents, soft materials such as anion-responsive supramolecular gels.


Anion receptors Open-chain systems Pyrrole derivatives Supramolecular assemblies 



The contributions of the Maeda group reported herein were supported by Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) (No. 17750137, 19750122, 21750155) and Scientific Research in a Priority Area “Super-Hierarchical Structures” (No. 18039038, 19022036) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Izumi Science and Technology Foundation, Iketani Science Technology Foundation, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Fund, Kumagai Foundation for Science and Technology, Nissan Science Foundation, Saneyoshi Scholarship Foundation, the Japan Securities Scholarship Foundation, the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan, Shorai Foundation for Science and Technology, and the Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences, the matching fund subsidies for private universities from the MEXT, 2003–2008 and 2009–2014, and the Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO) project, 2008–2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Science and EngineeringRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsuJapan
  2. 2.PRESTOJapan Science and Technology Agency (JST)KawaguchiJapan

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