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Unprecedented one-step CC bond cleavage leading to opening of the buckybowl (π-bowl), that could provide access to carbon-rich structures with previously inaccessible topologies, is reported; highlighting the possibility to implement drastically different synthetic routes to π-bowls in contrast to conventional ones applied for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Through theoretical modeling, we evaluated the mechanistic pathways feasible for π-bowl planarization and factors that could affect such a transformation including strain and released energies. Through employment of Marcus theory, optical spectroscopy, and crystallographic analysis, we estimated the possibility of charge transfer and electron coupling between “open” corannulene and a strong electron acceptor such as 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane. Alternative to a one-pot solid-state corannulene “unzipping” route, we reported a nine-step solution-based approach for preparation of novel planar “open” corannulene-based derivatives in which electronic structures and photophysical profiles were estimated through the energies and isosurfaces of the frontier natural transition orbitals.

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Leith, G. A., Rice, A. M., Yarbrough, B. J., Kittikhunnatham, P., Mathur, A., Morris, N. A., Francis, M. J., Berseneva, A. A., Dhull, P., Adams, R. D., Bobo, M. V., Vannucci, A. A., Smith, M. D., Garashchuk, S., & Shustova, N. B. (2021). “broken-hearted” carbon bowl via electron shuttle reaction: Energetics and Electron coupling. Chemical Science, 12(19), 6600–6606.