Properties of large acenes
Holger F. Bettinger
Institut für Organische Chemie, Tübingen, Germany
Mardi 12/03/2019, 10:00-11:00
LIDYL Bât.522, Grande salle 137-138, CEA-Saclay

Acenes [n]ac, consisting of linearly fused benzene rings, are important materials for organic electronics and are currently in the focus of materials research.[1] Reactivity increases among the acene series significantly with length,[2] causing instability for acenes longer than hexacene.


The acenes beyond hexacene are assumed to be notoriously unstable,[3] but are valuable for studying the transition from stable organic molecules to zig-zag graphene nanoribbons that may be metallic in the limit of infinite length. To allow experimental investigations of larger acenes,[4] we have developed synthetic access to acenes up to undecacene [11]ac.[5] We report on the properties of those higher acenes, in particular with respect to their optical and magnetic properties.


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[2]   D. Biermann, W. Schmidt, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1980, 102, 3163-3173.

[3]    a) R. Einholz, H. F. Bettinger, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 9818-9820;
          b) R. Einholz, T. Fang, R. Berger, P. Grüninger, A. Früh, T. Chassé, R. F. Fink, H. F. Bettinger, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 4435-4442.

[4]    H. F. Bettinger, C. Tönshoff, Chem. Rec. 2015, 15, 364-369.

[5]     a) C. Tönshoff, H. F. Bettinger, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 4125-4128;
           b) B. Shen, J. Tatchen, E. Sanchez-Garcia, H. F. Bettinger, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 10506-10509.

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