We report the synthesis and characterization of perfluorinated tetracene; a material with potential applications in organic electronics. The electrochemical behaviour of the compound is analyzed by differential pulse voltammetry, and compared with that of tetracene. The structure of perfluorotetracene is planar as observed for pentacene. We also report a comparative Raman spectroscopic study of tetracene and perfluorotetracene in relation to their π-conjugational properties. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been also performed, at the B3LYP/6-31G** level, to assess information regarding the topologies and energies of the frontier molecular orbitals (MOs) around the gap, and about the vibrational normal modes associated with the Raman features selectively enhanced by the π-conjugation.© (2006) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.