"clean reaction" strategy to approach a stable, green heptatwistacene containing a single terminal pyrene unit

Jinchong Xiao, Christos D. Malliakas, Yi Liu, Feng Zhou, Gang Li, Haibin Su, Mercouri G Kanatzidis, Fred Wudl, Qichun Zhang

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Let's twist again: A "clean reaction" strategy based on thermally eliminating lactam bridges from a soluble acene precursor through a retro-Diels-Alder reaction gives a new, stable, green heptatwistacene (see structure). The molecule has a twist angle of 23.49°, is very stable even in air, and has an optical band gap of 1.82 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-675
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - An Asian Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012



  • density functional theory
  • physical properties
  • polycycles
  • structure elucidation
  • twistacenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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