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Synthesis, Reactivity, and Electronic Properties of 6,6-Dicyanofulvenes

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posted on 19.11.2010, 00:00 by Trisha L. Andrew, Jason R. Cox, Timothy M. Swager
A series of 6,6-dicyanofulvene derivatives are synthesized starting from masked, dimeric, or monomeric cyclopentadienones. The reactivities of 6,6-dicyanofulvenes relative to their parent cyclopentadienones are discussed. 6,6-Dicyanofulvenes are capable of undergoing two consecutive, reversible, one-electron reductions and are presented as potential n-type small molecules.