Planar π-extended cycloparaphenylenes featuring an all-armchair edge topology

Xiang F, Maisel S, Beniwal S, Akhmetov V, Ruppenstein C, Devarajulu M, Dörr A, Papaianina O, Görling A, Amsharov K, Maier S (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 1^4

Pages Range: 871-876

Journal Issue: 8

DOI: 10.1038/s41557-022-00968-3


The [n]cycloparaphenylenes ([n]CPPs)—npara-linked phenylenes that form a closed-loop—have attracted substantial attention due to their unique cyclic structure and highly effective para-conjugation leading to a myriad of fascinating electronic and optoelectronic properties. However, their strained topology prevents the π-extension of CPPs to convert them either into armchair nanobelts or planarized CPP macrocycles. Here we successfully tackle this long-standing challenge and present the bottom-up synthesis and characterization of atomically precise in-plane π-extended [12]CPP on Au(111) by low-temperature scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy combined with density functional theory. The planar π-extended CPP is a nanographene with an all-armchair edge topology. The exclusive para-conjugation at the periphery yields delocalized electronic states and the planarization maximizes the overlap of p orbitals, which both reduce the bandgap compared to conventional CPPs. Calculations predict ring currents and global aromaticity in the doubly charged system. The intriguing planar ring topology and unique electronic properties make planar π-extended CPPs promising quantum materials. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

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Xiang, F., Maisel, S., Beniwal, S., Akhmetov, V., Ruppenstein, C., Devarajulu, M.,... Maier, S. (2022). Planar π-extended cycloparaphenylenes featuring an all-armchair edge topology. Nature Chemistry, 1^4(8), 871-876.


Xiang, Feifei, et al. "Planar π-extended cycloparaphenylenes featuring an all-armchair edge topology." Nature Chemistry 1^4.8 (2022): 871-876.

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