Stepwise cyanation of naphthalene diimide for n-channel field-effect transistors

Jingjing Chang, Qun Ye, Kuo-Wei Huang, Jie Zhang, Zhikuan Chen, Jishan Wu, Chunyan Chi

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Stepwise cyanation of tetrabromonaphthalenediimide (NDI) 1 gave a series of cyanated NDIs 2-5 with the monocyanated NDI 2 and dicyanated NDI 3 isolated. The tri- and tetracyano- NDIs 4 and 5 show intrinsic instability toward moisture because of their extremely low-lying LUMO energy levels. The partially cyanated intermediates can be utilized as air-stable n-type semiconductors with OFET electron mobility up to 0.05 cm 2 V -1 s -1. © 2012 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2964-2967
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - May 25 2012

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: C.C. acknowledges financial support from the National University of Singapore start-up grant R-143-000-486-133 and MOE AcRF FRC grant R-143-000-444-112. K.-W.H. acknowledges financial support from KAUST. We thank Dr. Tan Geok Kheng at NUS for crystallographic analysis.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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