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Ladder Oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)s with Silicon and Carbon Bridges

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posted on 16.02.2005, 00:00 by Caihong Xu, Atsushi Wakamiya, Shigehiro Yamaguchi
A general and versatile synthetic method for ladder oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)s (LOPVs) and related π-electron systems, having annelated π-conjugated structures with silicon and carbon bridges, has been developed on the basis of the combination of two cyclization reactions, i.e. the intramolecular reductive cyclization of (o-silylphenyl)acetylene derivatives and the Friedel−Crafts-type cyclization. This methodology allows us to synthesize a homologous series of the ladder molecules up to a 13-ring-fused system. The crystal structural analysis of the longest 13-ring-fused LOPV proves its nearly flat π-conjugated framework with a length of ca. 2.9 nm. All the produced ladder π-electron systems show intense fluorescence in the visible region with high quantum yields as well as relatively small Stokes shifts.