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Graphene Nanoribbons by Chemists: Nanometer-Sized, Soluble, and Defect-Free


  • This research was supported financially by the Max Planck Society through the program ENERCHEM, the German Science Foundation (Korean-German IRTG), the DFG Priority Program SPP 1355, the DFG (1459 Graphene Priority Program), One-P (FP7, no. 212311), and GOSPEL.


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Closing the zipper: A method for the bottom-up organic synthesis of defect-free graphene nanoribbons in solution has been developed. Polyphenylene precursors with a unique kinked backbone enabled full cyclodehydrogenation in a single reaction step by an intramolecular Scholl reaction with FeCl3 (see scheme).