Fjord-Edge Graphene Nanoribbons with Site-Specific Nitrogen Substitution.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


J Am Chem Soc, Volume 142, Issue 42, p.18093-18102 (2020)


<p>The synthesis of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) that contain site-specifically substituted backbone heteroatoms is one of the essential goals that must be achieved in order to control the electronic properties of these next generation organic materials. We have exploited our recently reported solid-state topochemical polymerization/cyclization-aromatization strategy to convert the simple 1,4-bis(3-pyridyl)butadiynes into the fjord-edge nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbon structures (fjord-edge N[8]GNRs). Structural assignments are confirmed by CP/MAS C NMR, Raman, and XPS spectroscopy. The fjord-edge N[8]GNRs are promising precursors for the novel backbone nitrogen-substituted N[8]GNRs . Geometry and band calculations on N[8]GNR indicate that this class of nanoribbons should have unusual bonding topology and metallicity.</p>