Benjamin Breiten


PhD Student


HCI G-328


+41-44-633 4181


Benjamin Breiten



Study of Chemistry at Heinrich Heine University (HHU) Düsseldorf


Internship Paul Scherrer Institute Switzerland


Diploma Thesis with C. Staudt, HHU Düsseldorf


Diplom-Chemiker HHU Düsseldorf


Graduate Student with F. Diederich, ETH Zürich

Push-Pull Chromophores for Opto-Electronic Applications

High-quality amorphous thin films are preferred for opto-electronic applications and such films can be prepared using nonplanar push-pull chromophores with a less pronounced propensity to crystallize. By taking advantage of a versatile, atom-economic "click-chemistry"-type transformation, involving a formal [2 + 2] cycloaddition of tetracyanoethene (TCNE) to electron-rich alkynes, followed by cycloreversion, stable donor-substituted 1,1,4,4-tetracyanobuta-1,3-dienes (TCBDs) are obtained in high yield and large quantities. These nonplanar push-pull chromophores also feature intense intramolecular CT and, in many cases, high third-order optical nonlinearities. Some of these compounds form high-optical-quality amorphous thin films by vapor-phase deposition, and first applications in next-generation opto-electronic devices have already been demonstrated.


M. L. Scimeca, I. Biaggio, B. Breiten, F. Diederich, T. Vallaitis, W. Freude, J. Leuthold, Opt. Photonics News 2009, 20, 39. Vapor Deposition of Organic Molecules for Ultrafast All-Optical Switching on Silicon.

B. B. Frank, M. Kivala, B. C. Blanco, B. Breiten, W. B. Schweizer, P. R. Laporta, I. Biaggio, E. Jahnke, R. R. Tykwinski, C. Boudon, J.-P. Gisselbrecht, F. Diederich, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2010, 2487-2503. Chiral and Achiral Charge-Transfer Chromophores with a Dendralene- Type Backbone by Electronically Controlled Cycloaddition/Cycloreversion Cascades.

B. Breiten, I. Biaggio, F. Diederich, Chimia 2010, 64, 609-613. Nonplanar Push-Pull Chromophores for Opto-Electronic Applications.

I. Pochorovski, B. Breiten, W. B. Schweizer, F. Diederich, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 12590-12602. FRET Studies on a Series of BODIPY-Dye-Labeled Switchable Resorcin[4]arene Cavitands.

B. Breiten, Y.-L. Wu, P. D. Jarowski, J.-P. Gisselbrecht, C. Boudon, M. Griesser, C. Onitsch, G. Gescheidt, W. B. Schweizer, N. Langer, C. Lennartz, F. Diederich, Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 88-93. Donor-substituted Octacyano[4]dendralenes: a New Class of Cyano-rich Nonplanar Organic Acceptors.

B. B. Frank, P. R. Laporta, B. Breiten, M. C. Kuzyk, P. D. Jarowski, W. B. Schweizer, P. Seiler, I. Biaggio, C. Boudon, J.-P. Gisselbrecht, F. Diederich, Eur. J. Org. Chem. in print. Comparison Between CC Triple and Double Bonds as Spacers in Push-Pull Chromophores.

Last update: Sept. 2011