Overcrowded naphthologs of mono-bridged tetraarylethylenes: Analogs of bistricyclic aromatic enes

Naela Assadi, Sergey Pogodin, Shmuel Cohen, Amalia Levy, Israel Agranat

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The naphthalogous mono-bridged tetraarylethylenes 9,9′-di-(1-naphthylmethylene)-9H-fluorene (5) and 9,9′-di-(1-naphthylmethylene)-9H-xanthene (6), analogs of bifluorenylidene (1) and bixanthenylidene (2), have been synthesized and their molecular and crystal structures have been determined. Ene 5 has been prepared by two alternative synthetic routes. The molecular structures of 5 and 6 show that each of these enes has very small twist around the central double bond, but the two naphthalene rings in both 5 and 6 are highly twisted. According to the NMR study, 5 and 6 in solution adopt conformations which are similar to those found by X-ray crystal structure analysis. The notable upfield shifts of H1 and H8 (6.11 and 6.83 ppm, respectively) and H2 and H7 (6.70 and 6.44 ppm, respectively) in 5 and 6 are due to the shielding caused by the nearly orthogonally twisted naphthalene rings. The B3LYP/6-31G(d) calculations of 5, 6, and their 2-naphthyl and phenyl analogs have been performed. In the 1-naphthyl series, the more efficient conjugation between the naphthyl substituents and the central C=C and the overcrowding due to the peri-hydrogen atoms lead to higher twists of the naphthyl groups and to lower twists of the central C=C. In the 2-naphthyl series, the opposite effects are noted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-556
Number of pages16
JournalStructural Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 13 May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystal structures
  • DFT
  • Diazo-thione coupling
  • Mono-bridged tetraarylethylenes
  • NMR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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