Anthracene-fused BODIPYs as near-infrared dyes with high photostability

Lintao Zeng, Chongjun Jiao, Xiaobo Huang, Kuo-Wei Huang, Weeshong Chin, Jishan Wu

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An anthracene unit was successfully fused to the zigzag edge of a boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) core by an FeCl 3-mediated oxidative cyclodehydrogenation reaction. Meanwhile, a dimer was also formed by both intramolecular cyclization and intermolecular coupling. The anthracene-fused BODIPY monomer 7a and dimer 7b showed small energy gaps (∼1.4 eV) and near-infrared absorption/emission. Moreover, they exhibited high photostability. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6026-6029
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 18 2011

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Acknowledgements: J.W. acknowledges financial support from the Singapore DSTA DIRP Project (DSTANUS-DIRP/2008/03), an NRF Competitive Research Program (R-143-000-360-281), and an A*Star BMRC grant (no. 10/1/21/19/642). K.-W.H. acknowledges financial support from KAUST.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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