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Pure Appl. Chem., 2009, Vol. 81, No. 12, pp. 2203-2224

Published online 2009-10-31

Large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: Synthesis and discotic organization*

Xinliang Feng*, Wojciech Pisula and Klaus Müllen

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

Abstract: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have attracted enormous interest due to their unique electronic and optoelectronic properties as well as the potential applications in organic electronics. This article reviews the progress in the modern synthesis of large PAHs with different sizes, shapes, edge structures, and substituents. Due to their outstanding self-organization characteristics, the discotic liquid-crystalline properties, self-assembled nanostructures on the surfaces, as well as the application in electronic devices will be discussed.
*Pure Appl. Chem. 81, 2157-2251 (2009). A collection of invited, peer-reviewed articles by the winners of the 2009 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.