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Synthesis of 10-Methoxydiamantan-3-One

Kiev Polytechnical Institute, National Technical University of Ukraine, pr. Pobedy 37, 03056 Kiev, Ukraine
The Viet Nam University of Firefighting and Prevention, 243 Khuat duy tien, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Molbank 2018, 2018(2), M990;
Submission received: 21 March 2018 / Revised: 1 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 April 2018 / Published: 9 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Organic Synthesis)


The synthesis of diamondoids particles up to 1–5 nm, in order to detect the nanostructure in the construction of nanoelectronic devices, for which the present of quantum limitation effects are theoretically presaged, is at the present time problematic. Diamondoids have many important physical characteristics, including rigidity, lipophilicity, low strain energy, etc. Diamantane and their derivatives are also interesting for the study of nanoparticles. The present study deals with the development of the new synthetic route and diamantine-containing precursor for McMurry coupling reactions.

1. Introduction

Nanotechnology is currently developing new materials such as carbon-based structures (darbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, fullerenes, graphene, and nanodiamonds). Thanks to its wide range of electronic properties with high chemical stability, diamond maybe the most interesting material in nanoelectronics, optics, and other material sciences fields. In fact, the diamondoid only exists as hexamantanes and pentamantanes (particle size of 0.6–0.75 nm) for the rod-shaped isomer in limited quantities from oil. Therefore, diamondoids with the desired size larger than 1 nm, in order to explore applications in nanoelectronics [1,2,3,4], for which the present of quantum limitation effects are theoretically presaged, remains problematic at the present time. This can be solved by a coupling reaction using lower diamondoids with various spacers. That was successfully done by fullerene, where the particles are about 10 nm.
The diamondoids assemblies will affect the electronic and optical properties by various spacers. One promising way to combine unsaturation with structure is coupling reactions to give the corresponding diamondoid dimer. The functionalization of diamondoid dimers is considered as the key to their flexible application [5,6,7]. The present study deals with the development of the new synthetic route to produce the diamantane-containing precursor for McMurry coupling reaction [8] (Scheme 1).

2. Results and Discussion

Diamantane-3,10-dione (I) was used as a starting material [9]. After carbonyl group protection, ketoketal (II) was prepared and instead of hydroxyketal (III), in presence of LiAlH4 in THF, gave ethylene ketal (IV). The reaction of ethylene ketal (IV) with methyl iodide in the presence of NaH furnished ethylene ketal of 10- methoxydiamantan-3-one (V), whose hydrolysis with a mixture of 10% sulfuric acid and THF, 10:1, led to the formation of 10-methoxydiamantan-3-one (VI) in a virtually quantitative yield. Methoxyketone (VI) may be utilized for the synthesis of diamond-like materials suitable for modification of surface of metals and semiconductors.
Synthesis of 10-methoxydiamantan-3-one from diamantanedione-3,10, to prepare reactor McMurry coupling of these ketones, was studied. The functionalization of diamondoid dimers was performed in order to create new building blocks for potential nanoelectronic devices.

3. Materials and Methods

3.1. General Information

All chemicals were purchased from Aldrich, Acros and used without further purification. All solvents employed were purified and dried prior to use. Spectra 1H and 13C-NMR were registered on a Bruker DPX-400 spectrometer (operating frequencies: 1H, 400.13. MHz; 13C, 100.61 MHz, Bruker BioSpin GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany) respectively, solvent СDCl3. Melting points are uncorrected, and were taken with a Gallenkamp melting point apparatus (Sanyo GallenkampPLC, Loughborough, UK). The separations and purifications were performed Silica gel 60 (0.063–0.200 mm) for column chromatography (70–230 mesh ASTM), Merck, Darmstadt, Germany. The reported results are based on the integration of 1H and 13C-NMR spectra GLC analysis were performed on a capillary chromatograph Shimadzu GC-14B (Shimadzu, Tokyo, Japan) equipped with a flame-ionization detector, column Optima-1, vaporizer temperature 275 °С, ramp 80–250 °С, heating rate 20 °C/min. The results of elemental analysis were performed on the VARIO EL III Elemental analyzer (Elementar Analysensysteme GmbH, Hanau, Germany) for C, H, and N.

3.2. 10-Ethylene Ketal Diamantan-3-One (II)

The mixture of 10 g (0.046 mol) of diketone (I), 8.7 g (0.14 mol) of ethylene glycol, and 0.5 g of p-toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate in 250 mL of anhydrous benzene was refluxed with a Dean–Stark trap for 2 h. The benzene solution was washed in succession with water, 10% water solution of sodium carbonate, and with brine, dried with Na2SO4, the solvent was distilled off in a vacuum. The pure ketoketal (II) can be isolated by column chromatography of hexane/7% ethyl acetate.
Yield 7.7 g (64.4%), m.p. 69 °С (hexane). 1Н-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 1.58–1.66 m (2Н, СН), 1.81 s (1Н, СН), 1.85 s (1Н, СН), 1.92–12.03 m (6Н, СН, СН2), 2.05–2.12 (2Н, СН), 2.15 s (2Н, СН2), 2.38 s (1Н, СН), 2.45 s (1Н, СН) 3.95 s (4Н, СН2). 13С-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 33.1 (СН2), 33.6 (СН), 33.8 (СН), 37.4 (СН2), 38.1 (СН), 43.9 (СН), 44.3 (СН), 54.8 (СН), 64.3 (СН2), 111.7 (С), 216.9 (С=О). Found % C 73.82, H 7.74, С16Н20О3. Calculated % C 73.80, H 7.75.

3.3. 3,10 Diethylene Ketal Diamantan (III)

m.p. 165 °С (hexane). 1Н-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 1.45–1.55 m (6Н, СН, СН2), 1.65 s (2Н, СН), 1.86 s (4Н, СН2), 1.92 s (2Н, СН), 1.94 s (2Н, СН) 3.85 s (8Н, СН2). 13С-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 33.5 (СН), 33.8 (СН2), 34.1 (СН), 44.4 (СН), 54.8 (СН), 64.0 (СН2), 111.3 (С). Found % C 71.03, H 7.95 С18Н24О4. Calculated % C 71.04, H 7.96.

3.4. Ethylene Ketal of 10-Hydroxydiamantan-3-One (IV)

LiAlH4 (1.6 g (42 mmol)) in 70 mL of dry diethyl ether is charged into a three-necked 1 L reactor equipped with a magnetic stirrer, reflux condenser, and dropping funnel, and a solution of 5 g (0.019 mol) of ketoketal (II) in 100 mL of dry diethyl ether. The reaction mixture is refluxed for 2–3 h, after which, with stirring and cooling, 50 mL of saturated ammonium chloride solution is decomposed with ice water. The organic layer was separated and the aqueous layer was extracted three times with 50 mL of diethyl ether. The combined ether extracts are washed 3 times with 50 mL of brine and dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate. After evaporation of the solvent on a vacuum rotary evaporator of a colorless viscous oil crystallizing on standing are obtained.
Yield 4.5 g (90%), m.p. 154 °С (hexane). 1Н-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 1.45–1.53 m (1Н, СН), 1.57–1.77 m (8Н, СН, СН2), 1.8–1.96 m (5Н, СН, СН2), 1.97–2.1 m (3Н, СН), 3.77 s (1Н, OН), 3.93 s (4Н, СН2). 13С-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 30.1 (СН), 31.2 (СН2), 32.3 (СН), 33.8 СН), 34.3 (СН2), 34.5 (СН2), 34.6 (СН), 35.5 (СН2), 36.0 (СН), 36.1 (СН), 41.3 (СН), 44.6 (СН), 64.1 (СН2), 74.5 (CОН), 111.2 (С). Found % C 73.25, H 8.45 С16Н22О3. Calculated % C 73.26, H 8.44.

3.5. Ethylene Ketal of 10-Methoxydiamantan-3-One (V)

The mixture of 4 g (0.015 mol) of ethylene ketal (IV) and 1.1 g (0.045 mol) of NaH in 80 mL of anhydrous THF was added dropwise at stirring a solution of 4.2 g (0.029 mol) of methyl iodide in 20 mL of THF. The reaction mixture was refluxed for 4 h, cooled, poured on ice, the reaction product was extracted with dichloromethane. The organic layer was washed with water and brine, dried with Na2SO4, the solvent was distilled off in a vacuum.
Yield 3.8 g (91%), m.p. 96–97 °С (hexane). 1Н-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 1.58–1.62 m (7Н, СН, СН2), 1.7 s (3Н, СН), 1.75–1.85 m (2Н, СН), 1.88 s (1Н, СН), 1.93–2.0 s (2Н, СН), 2.2 s (2Н, СН), 3.2 s (3H, CH3), 3.93 s (4Н, СН2). 13С-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 33.7 (СН), 33.9 (СН2), 35.4 (СН), 37.1 (СН), 38.8 (СН), 40.2 (СН2), 40.6 (СН2), 44.5 (СН), 48.1 (CH), 64.1 (СН2), 71.1 (ОCН3), 111.5 (С). Found % C 73.88, H 8.75. С17Н24О3. Calculated % C 73.89, H 8.77.

3.6. 10-Methoxydiamantan-3-One (VI)

To a solution of 3 g (0.01 mol) of ketal (V) in 10 mL of THF was added 100 mL of 10% solution of sulfuric acid, the obtained mixture was maintained at stirring without heating for 5 h. Excess sulfuric acid was neutralized with solid sodium hydroxide till рН 7–8, the reaction product was extracted with CH2Cl2, and was dried with Na2SO4, the solvent was removed in a vacuum.
Yield 2.17 g (94%), m.p. 95–96 °С (hexane). 1Н-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 1.66–1.72 m (2Н, СН2), 1.79–1.88 m (6Н, СН, СН2), 1.93–2.03 m (4Н, СН2), 2.14 s (1Н, СН), 2.28 s (2Н, СН), 2.36 s (1Н, СН), 2.42 s (1Н, СН), 3.93 s (3Н, СН3). 13С-NMR spectrum, δ, ppm: 35.7 (СН), 37.5 (СН2), 38.4 (СН), 39.8 СН2), 40.4 (СН2), 41.9 (СН), 43.4 (СН), 48.3 (СН), 54.6 (СН), 70.3 (ОСН3), 217.2 (С=О). Found % C 77.55, H 8.68 С15Н20О2. Calculated % C 77.57, H 8.67.

4. Conclusions

In summary, we propose a simple procedure for the synthesis of 10-methoxydiamantan-3-one (VI) may be utilized for the synthesis of diamond-like materials suitable for modification of surface of metals and semiconductors.

Supplementary Materials

The following are available online, Scheme 1. Synthesis of 10-methoxydiamantan-3-one, Spectra 1H and 13C-NMR for compounds II, III, IV, V and VI are available in the supplementary information.


The authors thank Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Giessen, Germany) for 1Н and 13С-NMR spectra.

Author Contributions

V. N. Rodionov and Ngo Trung Hoc conceived and designed the experiments; A. A. Fokin performed and interpreted the NMR experiments and wrote the paper.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Scheme 1. Synthesis of 10-methoxydiamantan-3-one.
Scheme 1. Synthesis of 10-methoxydiamantan-3-one.
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