Two novel chromogenic 1,3-alternate calixazacrown (1) and calix-bis-azacrown (2) in which an indoaniline chromophore was attached on the nitrogen atom of the azacrown unit with one methylene spacer were synthesized. The 1H NMR spectrum of the ligand 1 and Ca2+ proved that the metal ion is entrapped by the calixazacrown unit and by the conjugated indoaniline system. From the UV/vis band shifts upon metal ion complexation, Zn2+ ion was found to give the largest band shifts compared to other metal cations, indicating that Zn2+ ion (Ka = 18 760 M-1 for 1 and Ka = 19 930 M-1 for 2) was selectively encapsulated by the calixazacrown cavity with assistance of the pendent indoaniline sidearm.
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