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Correspondence: sblakey@emory.edu (S.B.B.); luscombe@u.washington.edu (C.K.L.); seth.marder@chemistry.gatech.edu (S.R.M.); Tel.: +01-404-385-6048 (S.R.M.)

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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This work was supported by the NSF under the CCI Center for Selective C–H Functionalization, CHE-1700982.


  • pie-conjugated materials
  • electron-accpetors
  • direct arylation
  • C-H activation
  • living polymerization

Recent Developments in C–H Activation for Materials Science in the Center for Selective C–H Activation


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Volume 23, Number 4


, Pages 922-922

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Organic electronics is a rapidly growing field driven in large part by the synthesis of π-conjugated molecules and polymers. Traditional aryl cross-coupling reactions such as the Stille and Suzuki have been used extensively in the synthesis of π-conjugated molecules and polymers, but the synthesis of intermediates necessary for traditional cross-couplings can include multiple steps with toxic and hazardous reagents. Direct arylation through C–H bond activation has the potential to reduce the number of steps and hazards while being more atom-economical. Within the Center for Selective C–H Functionalization (CCHF), we have been developing C–H activation methodology for the synthesis of π-conjugated materials of interest, including direct arylation of difficult-to-functionalize electron acceptor intermediates and living polymerization of π-conjugated polymers through C–H activation.

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