The impact of functional organic materials has increased dramatically over the last few years due to their applications in such numerous fields as electronic devices, optical materials and nanotechnology. Their application demands synthetic know-how and this is always the first step in designing functional materials for new products and applications in nanotechnology, among others. This timely, two-volume overview of the syntheses for functional pi-systems focuses on target molecules that have shown interesting properties as materials or models in physics, biology and chemistry. The unique concept allows readers to select the right synthetic strategy for success, making it invaluable for a number of industrial applications. A "must have" for everyone working in this new and rapidly expanding field.