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Corannulene: a molecular bowl of carbon with multifaceted properties and diverse applications

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Abstract

Unlike typical polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, such as coronene, which are flat and planar, corannulene is a molecular bowl of carbon. It can be imagined as the cap region of fullerene C60 or an end of a single-walled carbon nanotube. This structural distinction manifests itself in unique properties. For example, corannulene exhibits bowl-flipping dynamics, electron accepting capability, and formation of a ball-in-socket type of interaction with C60. These varied properties allow for application of corannulene in a myriad of disciplines ranging from organic electronics and sensing to energy storage and self-assembly. In this feature article, our goal is to discuss the major synthetic developments in corannulene chemistry which allow the scientific community access to this beautiful molecule in a practical fashion, the unique properties of the corannulene nucleus that sets it apart from the planar polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, and lastly its applications in the arena of materials chemistry.

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The article was received on 19 Mar 2018, accepted on 26 Apr 2018 and first published on 14 May 2018


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02179A
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 6503-6519
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    Corannulene: a molecular bowl of carbon with multifaceted properties and diverse applications

    E. Nestoros and M. C. Stuparu, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 6503
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02179A

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