An annulene TCNQ derivative with rather weak acceptor properties

Reginald H. Mitchell, Xin Jin, Tetsuo Otsubo, Kazuo Takimiya

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Reaction of the bridged [14]annulenequinone, trans-10b, 10c-dimethyl-10b, 10c-dihydropyrene-2,7-quinone (12), with malononitrile in the presence of pyridine and TiCl4 gave 68% of the deep-purple extended TCNQ derivative, α,α,α′,α′-tetracyano-trans-10b, 10c-dimethyl-10b, 10c-dihydropyrene-2,7-quinodimethide (13). In solution, quinodimethide 13 appears to form a complex with diethylamine, but is too weak an electron acceptor to form complexes with tetrathiafulvalene, TTF, and related donors. The reduction potential of 13 was substantially lower than that found for TCNQ itself, and in properties 13 behaves more like a benzannelated TCNQ derivative, e.g., α,α,α′,α′-tetracyanopentacene-7,14- quinodimethide (11), than a pyrene derivative, e.g., α,α,α′,α′-tetracyanopyrene-2,7- quinodimethide (6). This is in agreement with molecular orbital calculations, which indicate that the LUMOs of 13 and 11 are approximately 0.6 eV higher in energy than those for 6 and TCNQ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-615
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Annulene-quinodimethide
  • Electron acceptor - Weak
  • Reduction potential
  • TCNQ - Extended
  • TCNQ-pyrene derivative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Organic Chemistry


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