Controlled Hydrolysis of Phosphate Esters: A Route to Calixarene-Supported Rare-Earth Clusters

Marjan Hosseinzadeh, Sergio Sanz, Jan van Leusen, Natalya V. Izarova, Euan K. Brechin, Scott J. Dalgarno, Paul Kögerler

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Phosphate ester bonds are widely present in nature (e.g. DNA/RNA) and can be extremely stable against hydrolysis without the help of catalysts. Previously, we showed how the combination of phosphoryl and calix[4]arene moieties in the same organic framework (LPO) allows isolation of single lanthanide (Ln) metal ions as [LnIII(LPO)2](O3SCF3)3. Here we report how by controlling the reaction conditions a new hydrolyzed phosphoryl-calix[4]arene ligand (H3LHPO) is formed as a result of LnIII-mediated P–OEt bond cleavage in three out of the eight possible sites in LPO. The chelating nature of H3LHPO traps the LnIII species in the form of [LnIII(LHPO)((EtO)2P(O)OH)]2 dimers (Ln = La, Dy, Tb, Gd), where the Dy derivative shows slow magnetization relaxation. The strategy presented herein could be extended to access a broader library of hydrolyzed platforms (H x LHPO; x = 1–8) that may represent mimics of nuclease enzymes.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202203525
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number13
Early online date26 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • calix[4]arene
  • hydrolysis
  • lanthanides
  • phosphate ester

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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