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    Radical cations and dications of [n]cyclo-p-phenylenes ([n]CPPs, n = 5, 6, 10, and 12), which are the models of those of linear oligo-p-phenylenes without a terminus, were synthesized as hexafluoroantimonate salts by the one- and two-electron chemical oxidation of CPP by NOSbF6 or SbF5. The radical cations, [n]CPP(•+), and dications, [n]CPP(2+), exhibited remarkable bathochromic shifts in their UV-vis-NIR absorption bands, suggesting that [n]CPP(•+) and larger [n]CPP(2+) exhibit longer polyene character than the shorter analogues. The larger bathochromic shift was consistent with the narrower HOMO-SOMO and HOMO-LUMO gaps in larger [n]CPP(•+) and [n]CPP(2+), respectively. In [n]CPP(•+), the spins and charges were equally and fully delocalized over the p-phenylene rings of the CPPs, as noted by ESR. (1)H NMR revealed that the hydrogen of [n]CPP(2+) shifted to a high magnetic field from the neutral compounds due to the diamagnetic ring current derived from the in-plane aromaticity of [n]CPP(2+). The single resonances observed in all [n]CPP(2+) strongly suggest the complete delocalization of the charges over the CPPs. Furthermore, the contribution of biradical character was clarified for [10]- and [12]CPP by VT-NMR experiment and theoretical calculation.


    Eiichi Kayahara, Takahiko Kouyama, Tatsuhisa Kato, Shigeru Yamago. Synthesis and Characterization of [n]CPP (n = 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12) Radical Cation and Dications: Size-Dependent Absorption, Spin, and Charge Delocalization. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2016 Jan 13;138(1):338-44

    PMID: 26675620

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