A series of novel O-doped polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), bearing a different number of electron donating alkoxy substituents, has been prepared using a novel copper-promoted anaerobic protocol for the cyclisation of highly electron rich peri-xanthenoxanthene (PXX) molecular modules. The effect of the number and position of the alkoxy substituents on the optoelectronic properties has thus been investigated, unveiling p-type semiconducting properties. All molecules displayed a significant colour change upon oxidation, suggesting that these compounds can be used to devise chromogenic materials to engineer electrochromic devices.
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- Oxygen heterocycles
- Electrochromic devices