Subtle Crossover from C−H···O to SO···CO Short Contacts in the Association of Diastereomers of 2,4(6)-Di-<i>O</i>-benzoyl-6(4)-<i>O</i>-[(1<i>S</i>)-10-camphorsulfonyl]-<i>m</i><i>yo</i>-inositol 1,3,5-Orthoformate upon Formation of Pseudopolymorphs

Diastereomers of 2,4(6)-di-<i>O</i>-benzoyl-6(4)-<i>O</i>-[(1<i>S</i>)-10-camphorsulfonyl]-<i>myo</i>-inositol 1,3,5-orthoformate associate via weak interactions to form “head-to-head” dimers in their crystals. Molecular association through C−H···O short contacts do not leave any void for the guest inclusion, while association through SO···CO bridging produces pseudopolymorphs. Three crystalline modifications are observed for the title compound:  form <b>I</b>, monoclinic <i>P</i>2<sub>1</sub>, without any guest solvent, and solvated forms <b>II</b> and <b>III</b>, that belong to monoclinic space groups <i>P</i>2<sub>1</sub> and <i>C</i>2, respectively. A majority of solvates, which include pyridine, dichloromethane, benzene, tetrahydrofuran, and cyclohexanone as guests, belong to form <b>III</b>. All these guests have 2-fold symmetry axes (<i>C</i>2) with their electron count within 40−62 electrons; guest selectivity experiments indicate that planar aromatic guests (pyridine, benzene) bind better to the host molecules as compared to nonplanar guests (dioxane, cyclohexanone). The molecular packing that is created thorough channels in the crystal (avoiding interpenetration of the layers) are of interest because of their potential application in molecular separation by forming selective inclusions. The diastereomeric association via SO···CO dipolar short contacts, a consistent feature observed in all the solvates, is thought to have relevance in the binding of sulfonyl drugs to the CO moieties of the receptor proteins.