Chemistry and Properties of Indolocarbazoles

Janosik T, Rannug A, Rannug U, Wahlström N, Slätt J and Bergman J

Chem Rev. 2018 Sep 7. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00186. [Epub ahead of print]


The indolocarbazoles are an important class of nitrogen heterocycles which has evolved significantly in recent years, with numerous studies focusing on their diverse biological effects, or targeting new materials with potential applications in organic electronics. This review aims at providing a broad survey of the chemistry and properties of indolocarbazoles from an interdisciplinary point of view, with particular emphasis on practical synthetic aspects, as well as certain topics which have not been previously accounted for in detail, such as the occurrence, formation, biological activities, and metabolism of indolo[3,2- b]carbazoles. The literature of the past decade forms the basis of the text, which is further supplemented with older key references.