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Paper | Special issue | Vol 103, No. 2, 2021, pp.778-789
Published online, 26th November, 2020
DOI: 10.3987/COM-20-S(K)37
Synthesis, Structure, and π-Donor Properties of Tris(ethylenedioxy)benzene and Bis(ethylenedioxy)thiophene

Ryoji Watanabe, Tohru Nishinaga,* Yoshiyuki Kuwatani, and Masahiko Iyoda*

*Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397, Japan


Tris(ethylenedioxy)benzene 3 and bis(ethylenedioxy)thiophene 4 have been synthesized starting from 2,3-dibromo-1,4-dioxene in 25 and 38% overall yields, respectively. These ethylenedioxy-fused benzene and thiophene can be easily oxidized to produce the corresponding radical cations 3•+ and 4•+ because of their high-lying HOMO levels. Interestingly, the radical cation 3•+ exhibits a fairly strong fluorescent emission at λmax 602 and 590 nm (φF = 0.40 in MeCN and 0.50 in H2SO4).