Scientists from the University of Silesia in Katowice have developed a new method for obtaining derivatives of naphthalene diimides with specific electronic and optical properties. The synthesis method of these compounds has been optimised. The new method of obtaining these compounds is simpler and more efficient, because it allows to exclude a number of expensive and time-consuming stages included in the previously known ways to produce symmetrical 2,6-disubstituted 1,4,5,8-naphthalene diimides. The solution has been covered by patent protection.
Derivatives of naphthalene diimides are an important group of compounds with significant physiochemical properties. Examples of their use include:
- fluorescence spectroscopy,
- organic electronics (e.g. in organic photovoltaic cells and/or organic electroluminescent diodes),
- obtaining supramolecular compounds and studying their interactions with nucleic acids: DNA and RNA.
The following scientists from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Silesia are the authors of the method for obtaining symmetrical 2,6-disubstituted 1,4,5,8-naphthalene diimides: Dr Eng. Sonia Kotowicz, Dr Eng. Mateusz Korzec and Prof. Ewa Schab-Balcerzak, PhD Eng.