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Extended Bis(anthraoxa)quinodimethanes with Nine and Ten Consecutively Fused Six-Membered Rings: Neutral Diradicaloids and Charged Diradical Dianions/Dications

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posted on 2018-12-12, 00:00 authored by Shaoqiang Dong, Tullimilli Y. Gopalakrishna, Yi Han, Hoa Phan, Tao Tao, Yong Ni, Gang Liu, Chunyan Chi
We report the challenging synthesis of two very long bis­(anthraoxa)­quinodimethanes with nine (ABA) and ten (ANA) consecutively fused six-membered rings. The former is stable with negligible diradical character, while the latter with a moderate diradical character (y0 = 25.0%) is reactive and an unexpected trifluoroacetic substituted product (ANA-TFA) was isolated. X-ray crystallographic analysis revealed a planar backbone with a typical quinoidal character for both. Their dications can be regarded as the isoelectronic structures of the respective nonacene and decacene. The dication ABA2+ and dianion ABA2– are open-shell singlet diradicaloids, while the longer dication ANA-TFA2+ and dianion ANA2– have closed-shell ground state, which can be explained by the different intramolecular Coulomb interactions. Both dianions have a bent backbone and can be considered as an isoelectronic structure of the tetraanion of nonacene and decacene, respectively.