Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Rayson,
Professor Patrick Briddon
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Density functional calculations are used to study the role of edge-functionalization on the structure and electronic properties of cycloparaphenylene (CPPs) containing from six to twenty benzenoid rings. We substitute hydrogen by the halogens fluorine, chlorine and bromine. The resultant Cyclotetrahalo-p-phenylenes are compared with their hydrogenated equivalents, related linear paraphenyl and fluoroparaphenyl polymers, and functionalised armchair edges in graphene nanoribbons. Notably we consider both structural and electronic evolution. Finally we examine C-60@CPP, i.e. C-60 encapsulated within  CPP, with the various ring terminations. The effect of halogenation on electronic level position around the gap strongly affects their capacity to form donor-acceptor pairs with fullerenes.
Author(s): Rio J, Erbahar D, Rayson M, Briddon P, Ewels CP
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Print publication date: 07/09/2016
Online publication date: 22/07/2016
Acceptance date: 22/07/2016
ISSN (print): 1463-9076
ISSN (electronic): 1463-9084
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
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