Synthesis 2011(4): 539-548  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1258385
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart ˙ New York

Synthesis of Oligo(phenyleneethynylene)s with Vertically Disposed Tetrathiafulvalene Units

Karsten Jennum, Mikkel Vestergaard, Anders Holmen Pedersen, Jeppe Fock, Jonas Jensen, Marco Santella, Jens Jørgen Led, Kristine Kilså, Thomas Bjørnholm, Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen*
Department of Chemistry & Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
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Received 30 October 2010
Publication Date:
23 December 2010 (online)


Functionalized oligo(phenyleneethynylene)s (OPEs) show potential as molecular wires for molecular electronics. A selection of OPEs with vertically disposed extended tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) units has been synthesized by a combination of metal-catalyzed cross-coupling and Wittig reactions. Two general synthetic routes were developed. In one route, the OPE scaffold was first constructed and finally the extended TTF units were incorporated by Wittig reactions. In the second route, the extended TTF module was first prepared and subsequently incorporated into an OPE backbone by palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. The latter route was employed for functionalization with protected thiol end-groups. Owing to the shape of these redox-active molecules, they are termed ‘OPE-TTF cruciforms’. The electronic properties were investigated by UV-Vis spectroscopy and by cyclic voltammetry.


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