Synlett 2013; 24(8): 898-902
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1318434
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What About the Five-Membered Ring? Cyclopenta-fused Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons as a Building Block for Functional Materials

Kyle N. Plunkett*
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University, 1245 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA   Fax: +1(618)4536408   Email: kplunkett@chem.siu.edu
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Publication History

Received: 28 January 2013

Accepted: 19 February 2013

Publication Date:
08 March 2013 (online)

Dedicated to Rhett Emmett.

Abstract

There has been recent interest in creating new functional materials based on cyclopenta-fused polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (CP-PAH) that can be integrated into organic electronic devices. These five-membered-ring-containing materials are appealing because the electronic properties that are associated with their nonalternate PAH ring structure are not typically accessible by alternate PAH composed solely of six-membered rings. This paper highlights some recent synthetic advances for new CP-PAH systems and describes work from our lab that we believe has helped advance the methodology to create new CP-PAH-containing small molecules and polymeric materials.

 
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