Hybrid nanorings composed of 2,5-pyrrolylene, 2,5-thienylene, and bridging ortho-phenylene were synthesized by strategic cross-coupling reactions, and their structures were unambiguously revealed by X-ray diffraction analysis. These nanorings showed highly twisted structures in the solid-state, while exhibiting symmetric 1H NMR spectra, indicating their conformational flexibilities in solution. The photophysical and electrochemical properties of these nanorings were studied in detail by UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, femto-second laser-based spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry with the aid of DFT calculations. It is shown that hybridization of nanorings with 2,5-thienylene and 2,5-pyrrolylene is an effective means to tune their electronic properties.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry