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Web Date: September 29, 2015

[5]Radialene Fills In A Hydrocarbon Gap

Organic Chemistry: Researchers report first synthesis of unusual star-shaped molecule, which is a missing link in polyene chemistry
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Periodic table
News Channels: Organic SCENE, JACS In C&EN
Keywords: : radialene, fullerene, organic electronics, chemical bonding

Radialenes are a unique class of star-shaped cyclic hydrocarbons that have double bonds radiating out from each carbon in the ring. Chemists have made the 3-, 4-, and 6-membered ring versions of these polyenes in the past, but never [5]radialene. It has always been deemed too unstable.

An Australian research team including Emily G. Mackay and Michael S. Sherburn of Australian National University and Michael N. Paddon-Row . . .

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