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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2015, 11, 972–979. https://doi.org/10.3762/bjoc.11.109
Received 23 Feb 2015, Accepted 13 May 2015, Published 08 Jun 2015
A novel tetrathiafulvalene dimer, bridged by a chiral 1,3-diphenylallene framework, has been prepared as an optically active compound having strong chiroptical properties. Although a chiral allene bearing strong electron-donating group(s) often undergoes slow photoracemization even in daylight, the present allene is totally configurationally stable under ordinary conditions. Each isomer possesses pronounced chiroptical properties in its ECD spectra reflecting the chiral allene framework. Moreover, the elongation of the chiral main chain was also carried out by direct C–H activation of the TTF unit, and the chiroptical properties of the resulting polymer were also investigated.
Keywords: allene; axial chirality; chiroptical properties; redox; tetrathiafulvalene
Recently, there has been a growing interest in chiral π-conjugated systems having strong chiroptical properties because they have great potential for use in optical devices involving polarized light [1-3]. Chiral response, in electronic circular dichroism (ECD) based on an exciton coupling between two adequate π-chromophores, can express a pronounced chiroptical effect over various optical energy regions. Therefore, embedding the chromophores into a chiral rigid framework can be a practical molecular design for ascertaining chiroptical materials [4-7].
A symmetric allene framework is one of the most reliable chiral resources that can preserve a consistent orientation of the chromophores [8,9]. We recently introduced 1,3-bis(tetrathiafulvalenyl)allene derivatives 1, as a new class of chiral electrochromic (EC) materials consisting of redox-active chromophores and a non-centrochiral framework (Figure 1) . The intensive Cotton effect on the ECD spectra is switchable by tuning the electronic structure of the tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) moieties. However, compound 1 exhibited slow racemization in solution under daylight. The chirality of an allene is configurationally firm in general, because the barrier of the rotation of the allenic double bonds is quite high (ΔG‡ = 180 kJ mol−1 for CH3CH=C=CHCH3) . In contrast, several allenes directly connected with electron-donating groups occasionally underwent photoracemization [12,13]. Although the mechanism of the photoracemization is not clear, a comparative examination of the racemization rate in 1 and 2, the latter of which is a dissymmetric allene having a TTF and a pyrenyl group at 1,3-position, suggests that the direct connection of the TTF units may strongly affect the fast racemization . From this point of view, we decided to employ a 1,3-diphenylallene derivative (3) as a stable chiral framework. We conceive that the insertion of the phenylene units between the central chiral allene and TTFs would overcome the vulnerability toward the photoracemization under ambient conditions. Previsously, Krause and co-workers reported the first synthesis of a cyclic allenophane involving a racemic 1,3-diphenyl allene unit . In addition, Fallis and co-workers synthesized a cyclic oligoallene based on a chiral 1,3-diphenylallene . More recently, Kijima and co-workers reported the use of a racemic 1,3-diphenylallene framework as a new building block for a π-conjugated polymer . However, there have been few investigations regarding the use of 1,3-diphenylallene as a chiral source and involving the detailed investigations of the chiroptical property. In this paper, we report the synthesis of chiral 1,3-bis(4-(tetrathiafulvalenenyl)phenyl)allene derivative 3 and its chiroptical properties. Furthermore, the first synthesis of a chiral copolymer containing TTFs based on a chiral allenic framework (poly-3: PTDPA is also demonstrated.
To anchor the TTF groups into the allene framework, we chose a cross-coupling reaction of unknown 1,3-bis(4-iodophenyl)-1,3-diisopropylallene (9) with a TTF-zinc intermediate (Scheme 1). Previously, 1,3-bis(2-bromophenyl)allene derivatives were reported by Ready et al. as a precursor of an asymmetric catalyst . To obtain the chiral 1,3-bis(4-bromophenyl)allene (8) in a larger scale, we modified the synthesis and the chiral separation process as shown in Scheme 1. Thus, starting with 1-(4-bromophenyl)-2-methylpropanone (4), which was prepared from bromobenzaldehyde (see Supporting Information File 1), which upon treatment with lithium acetylide at low temperature gave racemic propargyl alcohol 5 in 94% yield. Sonogashira coupling reaction of 5 with 4-bromoiodobenzene gave compound 6 quantitatively. The treatment of 6 with Ac2O and a catalytic amount of N,N-dimethyl-4-aminopyridine (DMAP) gave the acetyl ester 7 in 93% yield. The formation of 1,3-bis(4-bromophenyl)-1,3-diisopropylallene (8) was achieved by an SN2’-type reaction of 7 with iPrMgCl–CuI–LiBr at low temperature in 90% yield. This allene was easily transformed into the precursor 9 by halogen exchange with t-BuLi followed by the addition of C6F13I in 92% yield. Subsequently, the reaction of the diiodo precursor 9 with 2 equiv of an organozinc species derived from 4,5-bis(methylthio)TTF  in the presence of Pd(PPh3)4 gave racemic compound 3 in good yield (89%). In the 13C NMR spectrum, the allenic =C= carbon was found to be at 204 ppm, which is a typical value of the linear allene framework. In addition, the FTIR spectrum also exhibited a reasonable vibrational stretching of the C=C=C unit at 1914 cm−1.
Because new symmetrical allenes were subject to optical resolution, the separation of (rac)-3 was carried out by using a recycling HPLC method on a chiral stationary phase (DAICEL Chiralpak IA-3) with hexane/CHCl3/EtOH (v/v = 20:10:0.2) elution. Thus, equimolecular amounts of the optically pure allenes (+)-3 and (−)-3, whose optical rotations ([α]D25) are +726 (c 0.853 in CH2Cl2) and −721(c 0.853 in CH2Cl2), respectively, were collected. Similarly, optical resolution of (rac)-9 also provided (+)/(−)-9 with optical rotations ([α]D25) of +338 (c 0.83 in CH2Cl2) and −341 (c 0.83 in CH2Cl2), respectively.
Figure 2 depicted the electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra of the enantiomers of (+)/(−)-3 and (+)/(−)-9, and their UV–vis absorption spectra. The ECD spectrum of the (−)-9 enantiomer exhibited a clear bisignate CD curve with a negative peak at 274 nm and a positive peak at 248 nm. According to the chiral exciton coupling method , the spectrum trend of (−)-9 suggests that the isomer should have the (R)-configuration. This assignment was also validated by spectral simulation, obtained from the electronic transition energies and the rotational strengths using TD-DFT calculations . Thus, the intensive Cotton effect is associated with the exciton coupling of the two chromophores of the iodobenzene units. In the ECD spectrum of (+)-9, the mirror image of the trend lines of (−)-9 was found.
The UV–vis absorption spectrum of 3 exhibits absorption maxima at 314 and 405 nm. In the ECD spectra of (+)/(−)-3, the Cotton effect was observed over the entire absorption range. A simulated spectrum of 3 with the (R)-configuration, calculated by TD-DFT (B3LYP/6-31G(d,p)), has moderate resemblance to the spectrum obtained from (−)-3. This result is also consistent with the hypothesis from the chiral exciton coupling method. To solidify the absolute configuration, the synthesis of (R)-3 from (R)-9 was carried out separately, and the ECD spectrum of the product from (R)-3 was in complete accord with that of (−)-9. Therefore, the absolute configuration of (+)-3 and (−)-3 should be (+)-(S)-3 and (−)-(R)-3, respectively. In the spectra, the intensive Cotton effect was observed at 270 and 316 nm as a bisignate couple, together with broad shoulder tails to ca. 500 nm. The Cotton effect associated with the HOMO–LUMO transition was relatively weak, presumably due to the long-range coupling between two TTF units in the chiral situation. Although allenes 1 and 2, reported previously, underwent quick photoracemization, the present allenes, 3 and 9, exhibit photochemical stability without racemization in common organic solvents. It clearly suggests that the insertion of the phenylene units effectively prevents racemization.
To examine the potential of the 1,3-diphenylallene frameworks as a stable chiral resource, a chiral alternate copolymer consisting of TTF and chiral diphenylallene (PTDPA) was prepared, and its chiroptical properties were investigated. Previously, a racemic conjugated polymer in the literature was prepared by a Suzuki–Miyaura or Yamamoto coupling reaction from (rac)-8 . In contrast, to the best of our knowledge, there is no example of a chiral polymer based on the 1,3-diphenylallene frameworks that can be a unit of copolymer with various types of aryl groups. At this point, we have chosen the direct arylation of TTF in the presence of a palladium catalyst as a key reaction for the chiral polymer synthesis (Scheme 2) . Thus, the chiral allenes, (R)-9 or (S)-9, react with an active palladium species, prepared in situ from Pd(OAc)2 and P(t-Bu)3·HBF4 salt in the presence of CsCO3, to give the chiral copolymer of (R)-PTDPA and (S)-PTDPA, respectively, after purification by column chromatography on polystyrene Bio-beads. By using gel permeation chromatography (GPC), the number-average molecular weights (Mn) of the collected PTDPA were in the range of 2800–5600 g mol−1 with polydispersity index (PDI) values between 1.01–1.54. These polymers solubilized well in common organic solvents, and they were characterized by their NMR spectra.
Figure 3 depicts normalized UV–vis absorption and ECD spectra of (R)-PTDPA and (S)-PTDPA, together with (R)-3 and (S)-3. The polymer exhibited absorption maxima at 310 nm and shoulder absorption at ca. 415 nm, extending up to 600 nm. The shape of the spectrum is quite similar to that of the monomer 3. The ECD spectra of both enantiomeric polymers exhibited the mirror image. There are two intensive Cotton effects at 318 nm (λfirst) and 254 nm (λsecond), together with a weak ellipticity in the range of ca. 360–450 nm. The shape of the trend line of PTDPA is similar to that of 3 with the same absolute configuration at the allenic moiety except for the small blue shift of the λsecond value of PTDPA (254 nm). Consequently, the chiral situation of the chromophores is preserved in the polymeric structure. However, the Cotton effect associated with the TTF moieties was observed as a relatively weak band, and hence there is not any amplification owing to a higher order structure in the polymer. Moreover, the ECD intensities of both enantiomers did not change under ambient light, at least over several days. Therefore, 1,3-diphenylallene is a reliable chiral source for a chiral polymer having electron-donating units.
The electrochemical properties of 3 and PTDPA were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) analyses (Figure 4 and Table 1). In CVs, there are two sets of reversible redox waves in the conventional potential range. Compound 3 exhibits two two-electron transfer waves at E11/2 = −0.01 V and E21/2 = 0.31 V, whereas PTDPA exhibits in a similar manner at E11/2 = 0.03 V and E21/2 = 0.30 V. These results suggest that the TTF units in both compounds are oxidized independently to form TTF/TTF•+ and, subsequently, TTF•+/TTF2+. A small positive shift of E11/2 in PTDPA is presumably due to the substituent effects of the two phenylene groups in the TTF unit.
Table 1: Redox potentials of 3 and PTDPA.a
aIn PhCN containing 0.1 M n-Bu4ClO4 at 25 °C. Potentials were measured against an Ag/Ag+ electrode and adjusted to the Fc/Fc+ potential under identical conditions.
To investigate the electronic structures of 3 in various redox states, cationic species of 32+ and 34+ were prepared by their reaction with an adequate amount of Fe(ClO4)3, as the oxidant, in a MeCN/CH2Cl2 (v/v = 1:4) solution (Figure 5a). During the sequential addition of between 0 to 2 equivalents of the oxidant, no isosbestic point was seen other than that of 3/32+. Therefore, 32+ was formed first other than 3•+, suggesting that there is few intramolecular interactions between two TTF units through the central 1,3-diphenylallene moiety. The obtained spectrum of 32+ is quite similar to those of 4,5-bis(methylthio)tetrathiafulvalenylbenzene radical cation 10•+, which was reported previously  (Table 2). In the spectrum of 32+, the absorption maximum at 810 nm is assigned to an electronic transition to the SOMO in the TTF•+ moieties. The value was slightly red-shifted compared with that of 10•+ (775 nm). This small bathochromic shift can be ascribed to the conjugation to the central allene moiety. As for the spectrum of 34+, the absorption maximum at 667 nm, assigned to the HOMO–LUMO transition in the TTF2+ moieties, was also red-shifted compared with the corresponding absorption maximum (637 nm) of 102+.
Table 2: Absorption maxima of 3, 10 and PTDPA.a
|3||313 (66600), 405 (11900)|
|32+||313 (41100), 412 (17500), 466 (22300), 810 (19700)|
|34+||313 (43900), 667 (34600)|
|10b||332 (14800), 393 (3900)|
|10•+ b||256 (18300), 449 (11200), 775 (8100)|
|102+ b||259 (21500), 646 (17900)|
aConditions: in CH2Cl2-MeCN (v/v = 4:1) solution at 25 °C. The molecular structure of 10 is depicted as follow:
bData from .
Similarly, cationic species of PTDPA were also produced by the sequential addition of Fe(ClO4)3 (Figure 5b). During the oxidation, three phases of PTDPA-(0), PTDPA-(+1), and PTDPA-(+2), corresponding to the oxidation stages involving TTF, TTF•+, and TTF2+, respectively, were observed during the oxidation. The spectrum of the intermediate phase of PTDPA-(+1) having absorption maxima at 459 and 816 nm are almost coincident with that of 32+ (Table 2). With excess addition of the oxidant, the third phase of PTDPA-(+2) appeared, and the spectrum was almost identical to 34+. The spectral resemblance implies that the influence of the central 1,3-diphenylallene on the electronic structure of the TTF units in PTDPA is quite small.
Finally, the ECD spectra of these cation species of 3 and PTDPA were measured (Supporting Information File 1, Figure S15). Contrary to the absorption spectra, there is no distinctive ellipticity based on the cationic species of TTF in any cationic species derived from 3 or PTDPA. Only small changes of λfirst and λsecond peaks, mainly associated with the 1,3-diphenylallene framework, were observed during the oxidation reactions. In the present chiral system, the chiroptical effects between two TTF units are small due to the long-range exciton coupling, and hence the Cotton effect derived from the electronic transition of the TTF moiety was not clearly seen. However, both chiral compounds of 3 and PTDPA did not undergo the racemization in daylight. Therefore, the chirality was also preserved in the cationic species.
In this paper, we have shown the synthesis and chiroptical properties of a novel chiral TTF dimer linked by a 1,3-diphenylallene framework for the purpose of the development of a stable chiral source without racemization under ambient conditions. The title compound was synthesized from 1,3-bis(4-iodophenyl)-1,3-diisopropylallene (9) and organozinc species derived from 4,5-bis(methylthio)TTF. Optical resolution of the enantiomer 3 and its precursor 9 was achieved by a recyclable HPLC on a chiral stationary phase. The ECD spectra were measured, and the obtained spectra allowed for the validation of the absolute configurations based on the TD-DFT method. Although the observed Cotton effect associated with TTF moieties is relatively weak, each chiral allene is stable towards the racemization under ambient light. A chiral copolymer based on TTF and a chiral 1,3-diphenylallene as the main chain scaffold (PTDPA) was also prepared using a direct C–H activation of the TTF framework. The resultant chiral polymers exhibited the characteristic Cotton effect associated with the central chiral 1,3-diphenylallene moieties. The polymer also did not undergo racemization under daylight. Moreover, electrochemical properties were also investigated by the CV method. Cationic species were prepared by the addition of Fe(ClO4)3 as the oxidant, and their UV and ECD spectra were also recorded. Other molecular designs, including a copolymer based on the 1,3-diphenylallene units, are currently underway to create valuable chiral molecules.
4,5-Bis(methylthio)TTF was prepared according to literature procedures . Dehydrated THF and Et2O were purchased from Wako Pure Chemical Industries, LTd. (Super Dehydrated, Stabilizer Free, H2O < 10ppm). Anhydrous ZnCl2 (99%) was purchased from Wako Pure Chemical Industries, and dried in vacuo for 4 h with heating over 220 °C. Other commercially available materials were used as received. Column chromatography was carried out using Kanto chemical silica gel 60N, 60–210 μm meshes. 1H and 13C NMR spectra were recorded on Bruker AVANCE-III-400 (400 MHz for 1H, 100 MHz for 13C) or on Bruker AVANCE-III-600 (600 MHz for 1H, 150 MHz for 13C). Spectra are reported (in δ) referenced to internal Me4Si. Mass spectra were recorded on Thermo Scientific, Exactive Plus Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) probe. IR spectra were recorded on JASCO FT/IR-610 spectrometer. Melting points were determined with Yanaco melting point apparatus. Elemental analyses were performed on Perkin Elmer PE 2400-II CHNA/O analyzer. Optical resolution was carried out with recyclable preparative HPLC (JAI Model LC-9204) equipped with Daicel CHIRALPAK-IA3 column (20 Ø × 250 mm). The optical rotations were measured with JASCO P-1300 spectropolarimeter in 1 dm quartz cell at 24 °C. Electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra were recorded on JASCO J-725 spectrodichrometer. The spectra were combined after the baseline correction of each measurement. cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements were performed on Hokuto Denko HZ-5000 electrochemical analyzer. GPC analysis for the polymer products was carried out at 40 °C on a Shodex GPC apparatus equipped with two SB-806M HQ GPC columns (Showa Denko K. K.) and a UV detector. DMF was used as the eluent at a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min. Polystyrene standards with a narrow distribution of molecular weight (Mw: 580–377, 400) were used for molecular weight calibration.
Synthesis of 8: To a solid mixture of dried CuI (5.7 g, 30 mmol) and LiBr (2.6 g, 30 mmol) was added dropwise acetyl ester 7 (6.7 g, 15 mmol) in THF (170 mL) during 15 min at rt, and the mixture was cooled to −78 °C. Then, freshly prepared iPrMgCl (30 mmol) in THF (15 mL) was added dropwise into the mixture at −78 °C. After stirring for 1 h at −78 °C, the mixture was further stirred for 14 h at rt. The resultant mixture was poured into saturated aqueous NH4Cl solution, and the products were extracted by Et2O. The organic phase was washed with brine and dried over MgSO4. After evaporation, the crude products were purified on silica gel column chromatography with the elution of hexane. Removal of the solvent afforded 8 as colourless oil (5.8 g, 90%): MS (GC) m/z = 432 (50%, M+: C21H2279Br2), 434 (100%, M+: C21H2279Br81Br), and 436 (50%, M+: C21H2281Br2); 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 7.42 (d, J = 8.6 Hz, 2H), 7.27 (d, J = 8.6 Hz, 2H), 2.91 (septet, J = 6.8 Hz), 1.17 (d, J = 6.8 Hz, 3H), 1.15 (d, J = 6.8 Hz, 3H); 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 203.0, 135.6, 131.7, 128.0, 120.7, 117.1, 28.8, 22.7, 22.4; IR (neat): 2961, 2926, 2870, 1919, 1489, 1464, 1074, 1009, 825 cm−1; HRMS (APCI-orbitrap) calcd for C21H22Br2 (M+) 432.0088; found, 432.0089.
Synthesis of 9: To a solution of 1,3-bis(4-bromophenyl)allene derivative 8 (1.0 g, 2.3 mmol) in Et2O (50 mL) was added dropwise t-C4H9Li (6.0 mL, 9.8 mmol) at −78 °C under Ar atmosphere. After stirring for 30 min at the same temperature, C6F13I (1.3 mL, 5.84 mmol) was added dropwise by syringe. The resultant mixture was stirred for 3 h at −78 °C, and then saturated aqueous NH4Cl solution was poured into the solution at −78 °C. After allowing to warming up to rt, the mixture was extracted by Et2O. The organic phase was washed with brine and dried over Na2SO4. After removal of the solvent, the crude product was purified by column chromatography on silica gel with hexane elution to give colourless oil of 9 (1.0 g, 92%): MS (APCI) m/z = 528 (M+); 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 7.62 (d, J = 8.6 Hz, 2H), 7.14 (d, J = 8.6 Hz, 2H), 2.94 (septet, J = 6.7 Hz, 1H), 1.17 (d, J = 6.8 Hz, 2H), 1.15 (d, J = 6.8 Hz, 2H); 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 202.9, 137.6, 136.0, 128.1, 117.0, 92.2, 28.6, 22.7, 22.4; IR (neat): 2961, 2926, 2869, 1918, 1483, 1463, 1383, 1216 cm−1; HRMS (APCI-orbitrap) calcd for C21H22I2 (M+) 527.98108; found, 527.98108.
Synthesis of 3: To a solution of 4,5-bis(methylthio)TTF (640 mg, 2.2 mmol)  in THF (30 mL) was added dropwise nC4H9Li (1.3 mL, 2.2 mmol) at –78 °C under Ar atmosphere. After the mixture was stirred for 90 min, a suspension of ZnCl2 (377 mg, 2.8 mmol) in THF (3 mL) was added at −65 °C. The solution was further stirred for 30 min, then 1,3-bis(4-iodophenyl)allene derivative 9 (458 mg, 0.87 mmol) in THF (2.5 mL) and Pd(PPh3)4 (100 mg, 0.087 mmol) were added into the mixture at –20 °C. The resultant mixture was stirred for 14 h at rt, and then poured into saturated aqueous NH4Cl solution. The product was extracted by Et2O, and the organic phase was washed with saturated brine and dried over MgSO4. The crude product was purified by column chromatography on silica gel with CH2Cl2/hexane (v/v = 1:4). Recrystallization from CH2Cl2/MeOH (v/v = 1:1) solution gave 3 (664 mg, 89%): orange powder; mp: 77.8–79.2 °C; MS (APCI) m/z = 865 (M+ + H); 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 7.40 (d, J = 8.6 Hz, 4H), 7.34 (d, J = 8.6 Hz, 4H), 6.48 (s, 2H), 2.97 (sept, J = 6.8 Hz, 2H), 2.44 (s, 6H), 2.43 (s, 6H), 1.19 (t, J = 6.8 Hz, 12H); 13C NMR (100 MHz, CDCl3) δ 204.2, 136.9, 136.0, 130.8, 127.8, 127.7, 126.7, 126.6, 117.4, 114.8, 112.8, 107.3, 28.7, 22.8, 22.5, 19.4; IR (KBr): 2958, 2918, 2866, 1914, 1568, 1499, 1418, 835, 759 cm−1; anal. calcd for C37H36S12: C, 51.35; H, 4.19; found: C, 51.36; H, 4.25.
Synthesis of (R)/(S)-PTDPA: A mixture of Pd(OAc)2 (8.9 mg, 40 μmol), P(t-Bu)3·HBF4 (35 mg, 120 mmol), Cs2CO3 (290 mg, 2.8 mmol) in degassed NMP (1 mL) was stirred for 20 min at 100 °C under Ar atmosphere. Then, (R)-3 (80 mg, 151 μmol) and 4,5-bis(methylthio)TTF (67 mg, 226 μmol) were added to the solution, and the reaction mixture was stirred for 3 days at 100 °C. After cooling to rt, the solvent was removed under reduced pressure, and then the residue and N,N-diethylphenylazothioformamide (100 mg, 40 μmol), as a metal scavenger, were dispersed in THF (2 mL). The resultant suspension was stirred for 30 min at rt, then further for 1 h at 100 °C. After cooling at rt, the solution was poured into CH3OH (150 mL). The resulted precipitates were collected by filtration, washing with CH3OH. The residue on the filter was collected, and then purified by column chromatography on non-polar polystyrene gel (Bio-beads S-X3 Support) with the elution of toluene. The crude product was further purified reprecipitation with toluene-hexane, yielding copolymer of (R)-PTDPA as an orange-brown powder (24 mg, 26%). The number-average molecular weight (Mn) was estimated to be 5.6 × 103, and its distribution (Mn/Mw) was estimated to be 1.01: orange-brown powder; 1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3) δ 7.13–7.36, 6.46, 2.89, 2.40, 1.14. In similar manner, (S)-PTDPA was obtained from the reaction of (S)-3 in 31% yield. Its Mn value was estimated to be 2.8 × 103 and its distribution was estimated to be 1.54.
|Supporting Information File 1: Experimental procedures, characterization data, copies of 1H and 13C NMR charts, recyclable chiral HPLC chart and DFT calculation summary.|
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The authors gratefully acknowledge partial financial aid from Kitasato University Research Grant for young researchers. We also thank to Prof. Dr. Takahiro Tsuchiya for helpful discussion. The calculations were performed at the Research Centre for Computational Science, Okazaki, Japan.