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Khalili, G., McCosker, P. M., Clark, T. & Keller, P. A. (2019). Synthesis and density functional theory studies of azirinyl and oxiranyl functionalized isoindigo and (3Z,3′Z)-3,3′-(ethane-1,2-diylidene)bis(indolin-2-one) derivatives. Molecules, 24 (20), 3649-1-3649-15.


The design and synthesis of functionalized isoindigo compounds by reaction of isoindigo with (S)-glycidyl tosylate, epibromohydrin, 2-(bromomethyl)-1-(arylsulfonyl)aziridine, and 2-(bromomethyl)-1-(alkylsulfonyl)aziridine in the presence of MeONa proceed under mild conditions in moderate yields. (3Z,3′Z)-3,3′-(Ethane-1,2-diylidene)bis(1-(oxiran-2-ylmethyl)indolin-2-one), with an extended central olefin π-conjugated moiety was also reacted with methyl-oxiranes to give the corresponding N.N″-disubstituted derivative. Calculations with DFT and TD-DFT of hypothetical isoindigo-thiophene DA molecules with various electron withdrawing substituents, including aziridine, oxirane, nitrile, carbonyl, and sulfonate, indicated that the proximity and strength of the functional group have a significant effect on the HOMO, LUMO, vertical excitation energy and oscillator strength of the π-π∗ transitions.


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