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α-Oligofurans: Molecules without a Twist


  • Uwe H. F. Bunz Prof.

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 901 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta GA 30332 (USA), Fax: (+1) 404-385-1795
    2. New Address: Institut für Organische Chemie, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 270, Heidelberg (Germany)
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  • I thank the NSF (CHE 0750275 and CHE 0848833) for generous support.


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Be planar! The planar oligofurans (see picture, lower; C gray, H white, O red) are, despite a lack of solubilizing alkyl groups, quite soluble. They are also highly fluorescent and surprisingly stable, and might give the oligothiophenes (upper; S yellow) a run for their money when seeking applications in organic electronics.