Reactions of HDDA-​derived benzynes with perylenes: Rapid construction of polycyclic aromatic compounds

Xu, F.; Xiao, X.; Hoye, T. R. Org. Lett. 201618, 5636–5639. 

"Benzynes produced by the thermal cycloisomerization of tetrayne substrates [i.e., by the hexadehydro-Diels–Alder (HDDA) reaction] react with perylenes to produce novel naphthoperylene derivatives. Cyclic voltammetry and absorption and emission properties of these compounds are described. DFT studies shed additional light on the dearomatization that accompanies the reaction as well as some of the spectroscopic behavior."