Antiaromaticity in Nonbenzenoid Oligoarenes and Ladder Polymers

TitleAntiaromaticity in Nonbenzenoid Oligoarenes and Ladder Polymers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsParkhurst, RR, Swager, TM
JournalTopics in current chemistry

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and fully-conjugated ladder polymers are leading candidates for organics electronics, as their inherent conformational rigidity encourages electron delocalization. Many of these systems consist of fused benzenoid or heterocyclic aromatic rings. Less frequently, however, PAHs are reported with character that alternates between the aromaticity of benzene fragments and the antiaromaticity of a nonbenzenoid moiety. This chapter will focus on recent work published on the theory, synthesis, and properties of two such systems: [N]phenylenes containing 4$π$-electron cyclobutadienoid character, and diaryl[a,e]pentalenes containing 8$π$-electron pentalenoid character.[on SciFinder (R)]