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Bromination of 2,2',2'',2'''-(3,6-bis(dodecyloxy)benzene-1,2,4,5-tetrayl)tetrathiophene; 5,5',5'',5'''-(3,6-bis(dodecyloxy)benzene-1,2,4,5-tetrayl)tetrakis(2-bromothiophene)

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Submitted Jul 20, 2021, published Jul 28, 2021
Kathryn Allen (, Landon Kurtz (
A contribution from Allen Group @ MU of PA

			Reaction Scheme: Bromination of 2,2',2'',2'''-(3,6-bis(dodecyloxy)benzene-1,2,4,5-tetrayl)tetrathiophene

Chemicals Used


Acetic acid, glacial

Chloroform, Supelco

N-Bromosuccinimide 99%, Aldrich


A three-necked round-bottomed flask was fitted with a stir bar and a condenser. Chloroform (4mL) and acetic acid (4mL), 2,2',2'',2'''-(3,6-bis(dodecyloxy)benzene-1,2,4,5-tetrayl)tetrathiophene (0.250 g, 0.322 mmol, 1 eq.) and N-bromosuccinimide (0.252 g, 1.417 mmol, 4.4 eq.) were added to the three-necked flask and the reaction was heated in an oil bath at 75° Celsius. The reaction was monitored with 1H NMR to check for reaction completion. Upon completion, the reaction was cooled and diluted with chloroform, washed with saturated sodium thiosulfate (75mL, 3x) and saturated sodium chloride (75mL, 3x). The organic layer was dried over magnesium sulfate and filtered, concentrated in vacuo, and taken up in hot methanol. Upon cooling, the product was separated by filtration. The product was confirmed by thin layer chromatography (hexanes, Rf = 0.17) and was collected as a brown powder (0.263 g, 0.241 mmol, 75% yield).

Author's Comments

Acetic acid greatly accelerates this reaction. Brominating in chloroform yielded little to no product. The reaction was generally done in five hours, but was capable of over-bromination!

Please note: NBS must be recrystallized from water before being used in order to receive the best results. 


1H NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3): δ 6.887 (d, 4H, J = 4.0 Hz), 6.618 (d, 4H, J = 3.6 Hz), 3.231 (t, 4H, J = 6.4 Hz), 1.220 (m, 32H), 0.992 (m, 8H), 0.880 (t, 6H, J = 6.8 Hz)

13C NMR (400 MHz, CDCl3): δ 152.276, 137.605, 129.826, 129.591, 129.272, 113.448, 73.642, 31.923, 29.836, 29.684, 29.653, 29.608, 29.524, 29.357, 29.198, 25.631, 22.686, 14.118.

ESI positive mode on AXION 2 Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer

Calculated [M+H]: 1091.0090
Found [M+H]: 1091.0116

Supplementary Information

Carbon NMR (LMK17Carbon.pdf)
Proton NMR (LMK17Proton2.0.pdf)

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Keywords: alkyl/alkenyl/aryl halides, aromatics/arenes

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