Aaron Finke


Postdoctoral fellow


HCI G-314




Aaron Finke



University of Arizona. B.S., Chemistry. Advisor: Prof. Dominic V. McGrath.


Georgia Institute of Technology. Research Internship. Advisor: Prof. Seth R. Marder.


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ph.D, Chemistry. Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore.


ETH-Zurich. NSF IRFP Postdoctoral Fellow. Advisor: Prof. François Diederich.

Organic Charge-Transfer Chromophore Sensors

Adducts of electron-rich alkynes and electron-deficient olefinic compounds such as tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), generated via a formal [2+2] cycloaddition-cycloreversion, are a fascinating class of organic, nonplanar, push-pull chromophores. The optoelectronic properties of this class of compounds are unique for their small size. Electrochemically, they are "super-acceptors"; several derivatives of this class exhibit reduction potentials rivaling or surpassing those of the linchpin organic acceptor tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ). Their unique optoelectronic properties allow for the potential for the preparation of responsive materials with high sensitivity.


A. D. Finke, S. Haberland, W. B. Schweizer, P. Chen, F. Diederich, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 9827-9830. A Mild, Thermal Pentafulvene-to-Benzene Rearrangement.

A. D. Finke, O. Dumele, M. Zalibera, D. Confortin, P. Cias, G. Jayamurugan, J.-P. Gisselbrecht, C. Boudon, W. B. Schweizer, G. Gescheidt, F. Diederich, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 18139-18146. 6,6-Dicyanopentafulvenes: Electronic Structure and Regioselectivity in [2+2] Cycloaddition–Retroelectrocyclization Reactions.

J. D. Wood, J. L. Jellison, A. D. Finke, L. Wang, K. N. Plunkett, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 15783-15789. Electron Acceptors Based on Functionalizable Cyclopenta[hi]aceanthrylenes and Dicyclopenta[de,mn]tetracenes.

A. D. Finke, D. E. Gross, A. Han, J. S. Moore, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 14063-14070. Engineering Solid-State Morphologies in Carbazole–Ethynylene Macrocycles.

Z. Xue, A. D. Finke, J. S. Moore, Macromolecules 2010, 43, 9277-9282. Synthesis of Hyperbranched Poly(meta-phenylene)s via Suzuki Polycondensation of a Branched AB2 Monomer.

A. D. Finke, J. S. Moore, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 7939-7941. Lewis Acid Activation of Molybdenum Nitrides for Alkyne Metathesis.

A. D. Finke, J. S. Moore, Alkyne Metathesis Polymerization (ADIMET) and Macrocyclization (ADIMAC). In Synthesis of Polymers; A. D. Schlueter, C. J. Hawker, J. Sakamoto, eds. In press.

S. A. Odom, M.M. Caruso, A. D. Finke, A. M. Prokup, J. A. Ritchey, J. H. Leonard, S. R. White, N. R. Sottos, J. S. Moore, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, 20, 1721-1727. Restoration of Conductivity with TTF-TCNQ Charge Transfer Salts.

A. D. Finke, D. L. Gray, J. S. Moore, Acta Cryst. 2010, E66, o377. 1-Bromomethyl-4-aza-1-azoniabicyclo[2.2.2]octane bromide.

A. D. Finke, E. C. Elleby, M. J. Boyd, H. Weissman, J. S. Moore, J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 8897-8900. Zinc Chloride-Promoted Aryl Bromide-Alkyne Cross Coupling Reactions at Room Temperature.

A. D. Finke, J. S. Moore, Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 4851-4854. Iterative Synthesis of 1,3,5-Polyphenylene Dendrons via C-H Activation.

Last update: Sept. 2013