American Chemical Society
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Since the first application of frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) to rationalize stereospecificity of pericyclic reactions, FMOs have remained at the forefront of chemical theory. Yet, the practical application of FMOs in the rational design and synthesis of novel charge transfer materials remains under-appreciated. In this Perspective, we demonstrate that molecular orbital theory is a powerful and universal tool capable of rationalizing the observed redox/optoelectronic properties of various aromatic hydrocarbons in the context of their application as charge-transfer materials. Importantly, the inspection of FMOs can provide instantaneous insight into the interchromophoric electronic coupling and polaron delocalization in polychromophoric assemblies, and therefore is invaluable for the rational design and synthesis of novel materials with tailored properties.
Ivanov, Maxim Vadimovich; Reid, Scott A.; and Rathore, Rajendra, "Game of Frontier Orbitals: A View on the Rational Design of Novel Charge-Transfer Materials" (2018). Chemistry Faculty Research and Publications. 978.
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