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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2017 Nov 27;56(48):15373-15377. doi: 10.1002/anie.201709342. Epub 2017 Nov 2.

A Decatwistacene with an Overall 170° Torsion.

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Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China.
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, China.
Institute for Solid State Theory and Center for Multiscale Theory & Computation, University of Münster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149, Münster, Germany.


Two different lengths of twistacenes, namely hexatwistacene and decatwistacene, induced by steric hindrance between imide groups and neighboring annulated benzene rings, were synthesized by bottom-up synthesis of palladium-catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling and C-H activation. Single-crystal X-ray analyses revealed that decatwistacene, which is the longest twistacene reported, exhibits an astonishing overall end-to-end torsion angle of about 170°, the largest torsion angle reported. Both twistacenes have an enhanced solubility and stability with respect to light and oxygen owing to their large twisting deformations together with much lower LUMO levels caused by the introduction of imide groups, opening a window to the narrowest chiral graphene nanoribbons with good stability and processability.


chirality; domino reactions; multiple C−C bond formation; nanoribbons; twistacenes


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