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CZE was employed to determine acid-base dissociation constants (pK(a)) of ionogenic groups of azahelicenes in methanol (MeOH). Azahelicenes are unique 3-D aromatic systems, which consist of ortho-fused benzene/pyridine units and exhibit helical chirality. The pK(a) values of pyridinium groups of the studied azahelicenes were determined from the dependence… (More)
Surface-assisted cyclodehydrogenation and dehydrogenative polymerization of polycyclic (hetero)aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are among the most important strategies for bottom-up assembly of new nanostructures from their molecular building blocks. Although diverse compounds have been formed in recent years using this methodology, a limited knowledge on the… (More)
Helicenes are inherently chiral polyaromatic molecules composed of all-ortho fused benzene rings possessing a spring-like structure. Here, using a combination of density functional theory and tight-binding calculations, it is demonstrated that controlling the length of the helicene molecule by mechanically stretching or compressing the molecular junction… (More)
The proton affinities (PAs) of 1- and 2-azahelicene were determined using various mass spectrometric techniques and complementary results from density functional theory. With PAs of about 1000 kJ mol(-1), the helical backbone of both compounds offer promising perspectives for future research on enantioselective reactions of these helical nitrogen bases.
We report on the stepwise formation of N-doped nanohelicenes, nanographenes, nanodomes and graphenes from the same heteroaromatic precursor through subsequent dehydrogenations on Pt(111) upon thermal annealing. The combined experimental (UHV-STM) and computational (DFT) studies provide a full atomistic description of the intermediate reaction stages.
Along with the recent progress in the development of advanced synthetic methods, the chemical community has witnessed an increasing interest in promising carbon-rich materials. Among them, helicenes are unique 3D aromatic systems that are inherently chiral and attractive for asymmetric catalysis, chiral recognition and material science. However, there have… (More)
Application of new chiral ligands (R)-(-)-12 a and (S)-(+)-12 c (VALDY), derived from amino acids, to the title reaction, involving cinnamyl (linear) and isocinnamyl (branched) type substrates (4 and 5 --> 6), led to excellent regio- and enantioselectivities (>30:1, < or =98 % ee), showing that ligands with a single chiral center are capable of high… (More)
A general synthetic methodology for the preparation of functionalized (hetero)helicenes has been developed. It employs the sequence of a double propargyl organometallics (Li, Mg, Ga/In) addition to a tolan-2,2'-dialdehyde-type intermediate, a cobalt-catalyzed/cobalt-mediated [2 + 2 + 2] cycloisomerization of a triyne intermediate, and a double silica… (More)
Spiraling up: Easy access to dibenzo-, dibenzo-, and dibenzohelicenes as well as their functionalized derivatives includes Sonogashira and Suzuki-Miyaura couplings, desilylation, and [2+2+2] alkyne cycloisomerization. The simplicity of this non-photochemical approach combined with the potential for helicity control favors dibenzohelicenes over the… (More)