Synthesis 2005(20): 3505-3507  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-918434
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Synthesis of 2,3-Di-n-hexadecyloxypentacene

Jens Reichwagena, Henning Hopf*a, Jean-Pierre Desvergne*b, André Del Guerzob, Henri Bouas-Laurentb
a Institut für Organische Chemie, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Hagenring 30, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany
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b , Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Organométallique, CNRS, UMR 5802, Université Bordeaux 1, 33405 Talence, Cedex, France
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Received 4 April 2005
Publication Date:
25 October 2005 (eFirst)


The six-step synthesis of 2,3-di-n-hexadecyloxypentacene from benzoquinone as starting material is described. This rod-shaped molecule (ca 3.6 nm in the extended form) was shown to self-assemble into a fibrillar network.


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Gelation test: Solvent (1 mL) was added to a weighed amount of gelator in a septum-capped test tube (ca 6 cm length and 0.7 cm diameter) in order to obtain the desired concentration. The mixture was warmed (to the bp) until the solid dissolved. Then the mixture was allowed to cool to r.t. When a gel was formed (ca several min), the sample did not flow when the tube was inverted.