Chembox new
Name = Fluorene
ImageFile = Fluorene_numbered.png
ImageName =
ImageFile1 = Fluorene-3D-balls.png IUPACName =
Section1 = Chembox Identifiers
CASNo = 86-73-7
EINECS = 201-695-5

Section2 = Chembox Properties
Formula = C13H10
MolarMass = 166.223 g/mol
MeltingPt = 116-117 °C
BoilingPt = 295 °C
Density = 1.202 g/mL

Fluorene, or 9H-fluorene, is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. It has the form of white crystals that exhibit a characteristic, aromatic odor similar to that of naphthalene. It is combustible. It has a violet fluorescence, which gave it its name. It is manufactured artificially, although it occurs in the higher boiling fractions of coal tar. It is insoluble in water and soluble in benzene and ether.

Fluorene is used to make dyes, plastics, and pesticides. It can be found in corn silk and engine exhaust gas. It is used for production of fluorenone and fluorene-9-methanol.

Poly(fluorene) is commonly used as a luminophore in organic light-emitting diodes. Fluorene copolymers are being investigated as materials for solar cells.

The protons in the 9-position of the fluorene ring are acidic (pKa = 22.6 in DMSO [Equilibrium acidities in dimethyl sulfoxide solution, F. G. Bordwell, "Acc. Chem. Res."; 1988; 456-463, doi|10.1021/ar00156a004] ) and removal of one of them with a base, such as sodium hydroxide, leads to the stable fluorenyl anion, which is aromatic and has an intense orange colour. The anion is a nucleophile and most electrophiles react with it by adding to the 9-position.

9-Fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (Fmoc chloride) is used to introduce the 9-fluorenylmethyl carbamate (Fmoc) protecting group on amines in peptide synthesis.

Fluorene should not be confused with fluorone, nor with the element fluorine.


External links

* [http://www.npi.gov.au/database/substance-info/profiles/74.html National Pollutant Inventory - Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Fact Sheet]
* [http://webbook.nist.gov/cgi/cbook.cgi?ID=86-73-7&Units=SI Fluorene] in the National Institute of Standards and Technology database.

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