aromaticity

Global aromaticity at the nanoscale

Does aromaticity have a size limit? Evidence is presented for global aromaticity in porphyrin nanorings with circuits of up to 162 π-electrons. The conformation of the nanoring can be altered by changing the template, which in turn controls the …

Aromaticity and Antiaromaticity in the Excited States of Porphyrin Nanorings

Aromaticity can be a useful concept for predicting the behavior of excited states. Here we show that π-conjugated porphyrin nanorings exhibit size-dependent excited-state global aromaticity and antiaromaticity for rings containing up to eight …

Global Aromaticity and Antiaromaticity in Porphyrin Nanoring Anions

Doping, through oxidation or reduction, is often used to modify the properties of π-conjugated oligomers. In most cases, the resulting charge distribution is difficult to determine. If the oligomer is cyclic and doping establishes global aromaticity …

Watching Bonds Move in a Large Antiaromatic Ring

In antiaromatic molecules, single and double bonds interconvert via a process called bond-shift valence tautomerization, which is often so fast that its rate is difficult to measure experimentally. In this issue of Chem, Wu and co-workers use dynamic …

Detection of a weak ring current in a nonaromatic porphyrin nanoring using magnetic circular dichroism

We compare the absorption and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra of a series of porphyrin oligomers – dimer, tetramer, and hexamer – bound in a linear or cyclic fashion. The MCD signal is extremely weak for low energy transitions in the linear …

Aromatic and antiaromatic ring currents in a molecular nanoring

Aromatic and antiaromatic molecules—which have delocalized circuits of [4n + 2] or [4n] electrons, respectively—exhibit ring currents around their perimeters1,2,3,4. The direction of the ring current in an aromatic molecule is such as to generate a …