Issue 8, 2019

Progress in the synthesis of perylene bisimide dyes


With their versatile absorption, fluorescence, n-type semiconducting and (photo-)stability properties, perylene bisimides have evolved as the most investigated compounds among polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during the last decade. In this review we collect the results from about 200 original publications, reporting a plethora of new perylene bisimide derivatives whose properties widely enrich the possibility for the application of these dyes beyond traditional fields. While some applications are highlighted, different from other recent reviews, our focus here is on the advances in the synthetic methodologies that have afforded new bay functionalizations, recently addressed functionalizations at the ortho-positions to the carbonyl groups, and annulation of carbo- and heterocyclic units. An impressive number of perylene bisimide oligomers are highlighted as well which are connected by single bonds or spiro linkage or in a fused manner, leading to arrays with fascinating optical and electronic properties.

Graphical abstract: Progress in the synthesis of perylene bisimide dyes

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Article type
Review Article
17 Dec 2018
17 Feb 2019
First published
07 Mar 2019
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Org. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 1272-1318

Progress in the synthesis of perylene bisimide dyes

A. Nowak-Król and F. Würthner, Org. Chem. Front., 2019, 6, 1272 DOI: 10.1039/C8QO01368C

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