The screening of molecular targets benefits from design criteria, which can identify the most promising candidates. We demonstrate that π-depleted polyaromatic molecules present superior π-stacking ability. This realization is quantified using a computational criterion, LOLIPOP, that detects ideal π-conjugated frameworks. The utility of LOLIPOP is illustrated by identifying tailored chemosensors.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Aromaticity