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The Bicorannulenyl Dianion: A Charged Overcrowded Ethylene

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  • Financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and from The Lise Meitner-Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry is gratefully acknowledged.

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Super bowl: Bicorannulenyl, a large biaryl composed of two corannulene bowls, effectively becomes an overcrowded ethylene upon reduction to form a dianion (see picture). DFT calculations and NMR spectroscopic experiments reveal the double-bond character of the connection between the two bowls. Three stable diastereomers that interconvert through bowl inversions and central bond rotations were shown to exist.

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