Highly efficient benzannulation of poly(phenylene ethynylene)s

Hasan Arslan, Jonathan D. Saathoff, David N. Bunck, Paulette Clancy, William R. Dichtel*

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Put a ring on it: Sterically congested polyarylenes can be synthesized by benzannulation reactions at each C≡C bond of a poly(phenylene ethynylene) (see picture), one of the most easily synthesized and versatile classes of conjugated polymers. The benzannulation reaction is highly specific and efficient, as determined by an isotopic labeling study and several complementary spectroscopic methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12051-12054
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number48
StatePublished - Nov 26 2012


  • conjugation
  • cycloaddition
  • graphene
  • isotopic labeling
  • polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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