Dependence of dimerization of electrogenerated methylalkylviologen radical cations on the length of alkyl chain in the presence of γ-cyclodextrin

Chongmok Lee, Yoo Wha Sung, Joon Woo Park

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Abstract

The effect of γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) on the monomer-dimer equilibria of 1-methyl-1′-alkylviologen radical cations (ClCnV·+: n = 1-10) has been studied by electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques. The apparent dimerization is enhanced upon addition of γ-CD for n = 1-8 and the effect of γ-CD is a maximum for n = 4. This is attributed to the stabilization of dimers by the inclusion of the dimer in the cavity of γ-CD. However, the dimerization of C1C9V·+ and C1C10V·+, which exhibits strong tendencies of dimerization in the absence of γ-CD due to electrodeposition of the radical cations, is suppressed upon addition of γ-CD. From the dependence of the apparent dimerization constants on the concentration of γ-CD, the association constants of the dimer (KC2) and monomer (KC1) with γ-CD were determined for n = 1-8. Comparing the present results with our previous report with dialkylviologen radical cations (CnCnV·+: n = 1-5), we show that the dimers with the longer alkyl substituents in the same and opposite sides have little difference in their stability in the absence of γ-CD, but the former type of dimer is included preferentially in the cavity of γ-CD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Volume431
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jun 1997

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