We report a combined study on the synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and theoretical modeling of a series of α,ω-dinaphthylpolyynes. We synthesized this family of naphthyl-terminated sp carbon chains by reacting diiodoacetylene and 1-ethynylnaphthalene under the Cadiot−Chodkiewicz reaction conditions. By means of liquid chromatography (HPLC), we separated the products and recorded their electronic absorption spectra, which enabled us to identify the complete series of dinaphthylpolyynes Ar−C2n−Ar (with Ar = naphthyl group and n = number of acetilenic units) with n ranging from 2 to 6. The longest wavelength transition (LWT) in the electronic spectra of the dinaphthylpolyynes red shifts linearly with n away from the LWT of the bare termination. This result is also supported by DFT-LDA simulations. Finally, we probed the stability of the dinaphthylpolyynes in a solid-state precipitate by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|