The key step in accessing the title species (5), the first nonbenzenoid diisocyanobiaryl, involved an unexpected homocoupling of a 6-bromoazulene derivative. The reversible 2e(-) reduction of 5 was addressed electrochemically and computationally. The shifts in energies of the S(0)→S(1) and S(0)→S(2) transitions for a series of related 6,6'-biazulenyl derivatives correlate with the e(-)-donating/-withdrawing strength of their 2,2'-substituents but follow opposite trends. Species 5 adsorbs end-on (η(1)) to the Au(111) surface via one of its -NC groups to form a 2-nm-thick film. In addition, bimetallic coordination of 5's -NC termini can be readily achieved.
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