A convenient method for the syntheses of dibenzo[h,rst]pentaphenes and dibenzo[fg,qr]pentacenes via the ruthenium-catalyzed chemoselective C-O arylation of 1,4- and 1,5-dimethoxyanthraquinones is described. Dimethoxyanthraquinones reacted selectively with arylboronates at the ortho C-O bonds to give diarylation products. An efficient two-step procedure consisting of a Corey-Chaykofsky reaction and subsequent dehydrative aromatization afforded derivatives of dibenzo[h,rst]pentaphenes and dibenzo[fg,qr]pentacenes. Hole-transporting characteristics were observed for a device with a bottom-contact configuration that was fabricated from one of these polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
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