One-Step Synthesis of Unsymmetrical N-Alkyl-N '-aryl Perylene Diimides

Robb, M.J.; Newton, B.; Fors, B.P.; Hawker, C.J.
J. Org. Chem.
79, 6360-6365.

An efficient and facile protocol for the synthesis of unsymmetrical N-alkyl-N′-aryl perylene diimides is reported that circumvents the need for multiple reaction steps. A number of unsymmetrical perylene diimides containing a solubilizing swallowtail alkyl group and a variety of substituted aryl groups can be prepared in a single step from a simple mixture of amines.