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Synthesis of 1,3-Diphenyl-6-alkyl/aryl-Substituted Fulvene Chromophores: Observation of π–π Interactions in a 6-Pyrene-Substituted 1,3-Diphenylfulvene

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posted on 20.07.2012, 00:00 by Andrew J. Peloquin, Rebecca L. Stone, Sarah E. Avila, Erlyn R. Rudico, Christopher B. Horn, Kim A. Gardner, David W. Ball, Jane E. B. Johnson, Scott T. Iacono, Gary J. Balaich
The synthesis, structural, and electronic properties of nine 1,3-diphenyl-6-alkyl/aryl substituted pentafulvenes were studied. Pyrene ring π–π interactions were revealed from analysis of the experimental crystal packing of 1,3-diphenyl-6-(1-pyrene)­fulvene and supporting DFT calculations. Photophysical properties derived from UV–vis and fluorescence emission measurements demonstrated tunable and low HOMO–LUMO band gaps for the series. The presented results point to a model synthetic approach for incorporation of extended π systems and donor-π-acceptor groups for fulvene-based electronic materials.