Authors Yang, L. ; Ma, J. ; Zheng, W. ; Osella, S. ; Droste, J. ; Komber, H. ; Liu, K. ; Böckmann, S. ; Beljonne, D. ; Hansen, M.R. ; Bonn, M. ; Wang, H. I. ; Liu, J. ; Feng, X.
Title Solution synthesis and characterization of a long and curved graphene nanoribbon with hybrid cove-armchair-gulf edge structures
Date 24.03.2022
Number 60143
Abstract Curved graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with hybrid edge structures have recently attracted increasing attention due to their unique band structures and electronic properties as a result of their nonplanar conformation. This work reports the solution synthesis of a long and curved multi-edged GNR (cMGNR) with unprecedented cove–armchair–gulf edge structures. The synthesis involves an efficient A2B2-type Diels–Alder polymerization between a diethynyl-substituted prefused bichrysene monomer (3b) and a dicyclopenta[e,l]pyrene-5,11-dione derivative (6) followed by FeCl3-mediated Scholl oxidative cyclodehydrogenation of the obtained polyarylenes (P1). Model compounds 1a and 1b are first synthesized to examine the suitability and efficiency of the corresponding polymers for the Scholl reaction. The successful formation of cMGNR from polymer P1 bearing prefused bichrysene units is confirmed by FTIR, Raman, and solid-state NMR analyses. The cove-edge structure of the cMGNR imparts the ribbon with a unique nonplanar conformation as revealed by density functional theory (DFT) simulation, which effectively enhances its dispersibility in solution. The cMGNR has a narrow optical bandgap of 1.61 eV, as estimated from the UV–vis absorption spectrum, which is among the family of low-bandgap solution-synthesized GNRs. Moreover, the cMGNR exhibits a carrier mobility of ˜2 cm2 V-1 s-1 inferred from contact-free terahertz spectroscopy.
Publisher Advanced Science
Citation Advanced Science (2022) early view

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