Dr. Lingkui Meng, Dr. Yasutomo Segawa and Professor Kenichiro Itami have developed a simple yet effective method for the formation of thiophene-fused π-conjugated molecules, which have great potential as organic semiconductors. Upon heating the solution of arylethynyl-substituted polycyclic arenes with elemental sulfur, the corresponding thiophene-fused arenes can be obtained. The applicability of this method was demonstrated by the efficient synthesis of the high-performance organic semiconductive molecules.
Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project
Lingkui Meng, Takao Fujikawa, Motonobu Kuwayama, Yasutomo Segawa, and Kenichiro Itami. “Thiophene-Fused π-Systems from Diarylacetylenes and Elemental Sulfur”. J. Am. Chem. Soc., Published online August 8, 2016, doi: 10.1021/jacs.6b06486.
Kenichiro Itami, PhD. D.
Research Director, ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project, Director, Institute of Transformative Bio-molecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
Department of Research Project, JST