Title p-extended and curved anti-aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons
Date 16.05.2017
Number 52785
Abstract Synthesis of antiaromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons (PHs) is challenging because the high energy of their highest occupied molecular orbital and low energy of their lowest unoccupied molecular orbital cause them to be reactive and unstable. In this work, two large antiaromatic acene analogues, namely, cyclopenta[pqr]indeno[2,1,7-ijk]tetraphene (CIT, 1a) and cyclopenta[pqr]indeno[7,1,2-cde]picene (CIP, 1b), as well as a curved antiaromatic molecule with 48 p-electrons, dibenzo[a,c]diindeno[7,1,2-fgh:7´,1´,2´-mno]phenanthro[9,10-k]tetraphene (DPT, 1c), are synthesized on the basis of the corona of indeno[1,2-b]fluorene. These three antiaromatic PHs possess a narrow energy gap down to 1.55 eV and exhibit high kinetic stability under ambient conditions. Moreover, these compounds display reversible electron transfer processes in both the cathodic and anodic regimes. Their cation and anion radicals are characterized by in situ vis–NIR absorption and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroelectrochemistry. The X-ray crystallographic analysis confirms that while CIP and CIT manifest planar structures, DPT shows a curved p-conjugated carbon skeleton. The synthetic strategy starting from ortho-substituted benzene units to construct five-membered rings in this work provides a unique entry to novel pentagon-embedding or curved antiaromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons. In addition, besides the detailed chemical and physical investigations, microscale single-crystal fiber field-effect transistors were also fabricated.
Publisher Journal of the American Chemical Society
Identifier 0
Citation Journal of the American Chemical Society 139 (2017) 7513-7521
Authors Liu, J. ; Ma, J. ; Ravat, P. ; Machata, P. ; Avdoshenko, S. ; Hennersdorf, F. ; Komber, H. ; Pisula, W. ; Weigand, J. J. ; Popov, A. A. ; Berger, R. ; Müllen, K. ; Feng, X.

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