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Coronene structure.png
Preferred IUPAC name
Other names
X1001757-9, superbenzene
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.005.348
Molar mass 300.36 g·mol−1
Appearance white or pale yellow powder[2]
Density 1.371 g/cm3[3]
Melting point 437.3 °C (819.1 °F; 710.5 K) [3]
Boiling point 525 °C (977 °F; 798 K) [3]
0.14 μg/L[4]
Solubility Very soluble: benzene, toluene, hexane,[5]
Chloroform (1 mmol·L−1)[6] and ethers, sparingly soluble in ethanol.
-243.3·10−6 cm3/mol
Main hazards flammable[2]
Highly Flammable F[2]
R-phrases (outdated) R10 R20/21/22 [2]
S-phrases (outdated) S45
a = 10.02 Å, b = 4.67 Å, c = 15.60 Å
α = 90°, β = 106.7°, γ = 90°
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Coronene (also known as superbenzene) is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) comprising six peri-fused benzene rings.[8] Its chemical formula is C
. It is a yellow material that dissolves in common solvents including benzene, toluene, and dichloromethane. Its solutions emit blue light fluorescence under UV light. It has been used as a solvent probe, similar to pyrene.

The compound is of theoretical interest to organic chemists because of its aromaticity. It can be described by 20 resonance structures or by a set of three mobile Clar sextets. In the Clar sextet case, the most stable structure for coronene has only the three isolated outer sextets as fully aromatic although superaromaticity would still be possible when these sextets are able to migrate into the next ring.

Occurrence and synthesis[edit]


Coronene occurs naturally as the very rare mineral carpathite, which is characterized by flakes of pure coronene embedded in sedimentary rock. This mineral may be created from ancient hydrothermal vent activity.[9] In earlier times this mineral was also called karpatite or pendletonite.[10]

Coronene is produced in the petroleum-refining process of hydrocracking, where it can dimerize to a fifteen ring PAH, trivially named "dicoronylene" (formally named benzo[10,11]phenanthro[2',3',4',5',6':4,5,6,7]chryseno[1,2,3-bc]coronene or benzo[1,2,3-bc:4,5,6-b'c']dicoronene). Centimeter-long crystals can be grown from a supersaturated solution of the molecules in toluene (ca. 2.5 mg/ml), which is slowly cooled (ca. 0.04  K/min) from 328  K to 298  K over a period of 13  hours.[7]


Crystals of β and γ coronene under daylight (left) and UV light (right).[7]

Coronene forms needle-like crystals with a monoclinic, herringbone-like structure. The most common polymorph is γ, but β form can also be produced in an applied magnetic field (ca. 1 Tesla).[7]


Hexa-benzopericoronenes are members of the coronene family and investigated in supramolecular electronics. They are known to self-assemble into a columnar phase. One derivative in particular forms carbon nanotubes with interesting electrical properties.[11] The columnar phase in this compound further organises itself into sheets, which ultimately roll up like a carpet to form multi-walled nanotubes with an outer diameter of 20 nanometers and a wall thickness of 3 nanometers. In this geometry, the stacks of coronene disks are aligned with the length of the tube. The nanotubes have sufficient length to fit between two platinum nanogap electrodes produced by scanning probe nanofabrication and are 180 nanometer apart. The nanotubes as such are insulating, but, after one-electron oxidation with nitrosonium tetrafluoroborate (NOBF
), they conduct electricity.

Synthesis of a Hexa-benzopericoronene

Organic synthesis of a hexa-benzopericoronene starts with an Aldol condensation reaction of an acetone derivative with a benzil derivative to substituted cyclopentadienone. This compound is reacted with an alkyne in a Diels-Alder reaction and subsequent expulsion of carbon monoxide to the hexaphenylbenzene, which is oxidized by Iron(III) chloride in nitromethane.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry : IUPAC Recommendations and Preferred Names 2013 (Blue Book). Cambridge: The Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014. p. 206. doi:10.1039/9781849733069-FP001. ISBN 978-0-85404-182-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d Coronene (EINECS NO. 205-881-7).
  3. ^ a b c Haynes, William M., ed. (2011). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (92nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. 3.128. ISBN 1439855110. 
  4. ^ Mackay, D.; Shiu, W. Y. (1977). "Aqueous solubility of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons". Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data. 22 (4): 399. doi:10.1021/je60075a012. 
  5. ^ Bertarelli, Chiara. Molecules for organic electronics: intermolecular interactions vs properties. Dipartimento di Chimica, Politecnico di Milano
  6. ^ Wang, Chen; Wang, Jianlin; Wu, Na; Xu, Miao; Yang, Xiaomei; Lu, Yalin; Zang, Ling (2017). "Donor–acceptor single cocrystal of coronene and perylene diimide: molecular self-assembly and charge-transfer photoluminescence". RSC Adv. 7 (4): 2382–2387. doi:10.1039/C6RA25447K. 
  7. ^ a b c d Potticary, Jason; Terry, Lui R.; Bell, Christopher; Papanikolopoulos, Alexandros N.; Christianen, Peter C. M.; Engelkamp, Hans; Collins, Andrew M.; Fontanesi, Claudio; Kociok-Köhn, Gabriele; Crampin, Simon; Da Como, Enrico; Hall, Simon R. (2016). "An unforeseen polymorph of coronene by the application of magnetic fields during crystal growth". Nature Communications. 7: 11555. doi:10.1038/ncomms11555. PMC 4866376Freely accessible. PMID 27161600. 
  8. ^ Fetzer, J. C. (2000). The Chemistry and Analysis of the Large Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. New York: Wiley. 
  9. ^ Karpatite.
  10. ^ Carpathite.
  11. ^ Jonathan P. Hill; Wusong Jin; Atsuko Kosaka; Takanori Fukushima; Hideki Ichihara; Takeshi Shimomura; Kohzo Ito; Tomihiro Hashizume; Noriyuki Ishii; Takuzo Aida (2004). "Self–Assembled Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene Graphitic Nanotube". Science. 304 (5676): 1481–1483. doi:10.1126/science.1097789. PMID 15178796.