On-surface synthesis on nonalternant nonbenzenoid PA

We present a novel route, employing on-surface chemistry, to synthesize nonalternant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons containing up to four distinct kinds of non-benzenoid rings. We show that the surface-induced mechanical constraints imposed on strained helical reactants play a decisive role leading to the formation of products, energetically unfavorable in solution, with a peculiar ring current stabilizing the aromatic character of the π-conjugated system.


B. Mallada, B. de la Torre, J. I. Mendieta-Moreno, D. Nachtigallová, A. Matěj, M. Matoušek, P. Mutombo, J. Brabec, L. Veis, T. Cadart, M. Kotora, P. Jelínek


On-Surface Strain-Driven Synthesis of Nonalternant Non-Benzenoid Aromatic Compounds Containing Four- to Eight-Membered Rings

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 143 (2021) 14694 - 14702.