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Dalton Trans. 2014 Jun 14;43(22):8219-29. doi: 10.1039/c3dt53630k.

Antenna effects in truxene-bridged BODIPY triarylzinc(II)porphyrin dyads: evidence for a dual Dexter-Förster mechanism.

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  • 1Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l'Université de Bourgogne (ICMUB, UMR 6302), Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.


The antenna process from an energy donor (BODIPY; 4',4'-difluoro-1',3',5',7'-tetramethyl-4'-bora-3a',4a'-diaza-s-indacene) in its singlet state to two acceptors (two zinc(II) 5,15-p-tolyl-10-phenylporphyrin) bridged by a central truxene residue (5',5'',10',10'',15',15''-hexabutyltruxene), 5, has been analysed by means of comparison of the energy transfer rates with those of a structurally similar β-substituted BODIPY-(zinc(II) 5,10,15-p-tolyl-porphyrin), 6, where no conjugation is present between the donor and the two acceptors using the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) approximation. It is estimated that the energy transfer in operates mostly via a Dexter mechanism (>99%), and the remaining proceeds via a Förster mechanism (<1%). This information is useful for the design of future molecular devices aimed at harvesting light.

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