Characterization of new rubrene analogues with heteroaryl substituents

Masashi Mamada, Hiroshi Katagiri, Tomo Sakanoue, Shizuo Tokito

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New rubrene analogues, which are heteroaryl-tetrasubstituted tetracenes, have been developed using a simplified synthesis approach. Their stabilities in solution were improved compared to those of rubrene. The correlation among the molecular structures, crystal structures, and charge transport properties has been investigated and compared with rubrene and various rubrene analogues. Although twisted structures of a tetracene backbone have often been found in single crystal analyses, the planarity might be related to intermolecular interactions rather than the electron donating/withdrawing properties of the heteroaryl side groups. The packing motifs in thiophene-substituted derivatives did not include π-stacking of tetracene cores, which differ from the well-known structure of rubrene. However, furan-substituted derivatives can be crystallized in the π-stacking manner. These differences in the packing structure affect hole transport properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-448
Number of pages7
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 7 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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