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Highly Coplanar Very Long Oligo(alkylfuran)s: A Conjugated System with Specific Head-To-Head Defect

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posted on 2014-02-12, 00:00 authored by Xu-Hui Jin, Dennis Sheberla, Linda J. W. Shimon, Michael Bendikov
Well-defined monodisperse conjugated oligomers, which have planar backbones and are free from the disturbance of substituents, attract broad interest. Herein, we report a series of symmetrical, isomerically pure oligofurans, namely, the 16-mer 16F-6C6 together with the related nF-2C6 (n = 4, 6, 8). Through computational studies and detailed spectroscopic and X-ray characterization, for the first time, we show that the planarity of the furan backbone is almost unaffected by the head-to-head defect which is known to cause considerable twists in its oligo- or poly­thiophene analogues. We present that the properties of these rigid oligo­(alkyl­furan)­s are strongly influenced by the conjugation length. As the longest monodisperse α-oligofuran synthesized to date, 16F-6C6 was observed to be stable and highly fluorescent. Experimental and computational studies of the redox states of these oligo­(alkyl­furan)­s reveal that 16F-6C6 has singlet biradical (polaron-pair) character in the doubly oxidized ground state: the open-shell singlet (⟨S2⟩ = 0.989) is 3.8 kcal/mol more stable than the closed-shell dication.