Strongly coupled porphyrin arrays featuring both pi-cofacial and linear-pi-conjugative interactions.
A combination of metal-catalyzed cross-coupling and metal-templated cycloaddition reactions have been utilized to establish multiporphyrin compounds 5-(5'-[15',15' '-bis(10' ',20' '-di[4-(3-methoxy-3-methylbutoxy)phenyl]porphinato)zinc(II)]ethyne)-6-[(5' "-10' ",20' "-di[4-(3-methoxy-3-methylbutoxy)phenyl]porphinato)zinc(II)]indane (1) and 5,6-bis(5'-15',15' '-bis[(10',20'-di[4-(3-methoxy-3-methylbutoxy)phenyl]porphinato)zinc(II)]ethyne)indane (2). Compounds 1 and 2 feature a covalently bridged cofacial bis(porphinato)metal core; ethyne bridging moieties conjugate directly one and two respective peripheral (porphinato)zinc(II) substituents to the macrocyclic framework of their corresponding face-to-face porphyrin units. Optical spectroscopy and electrochemical studies demonstrate substantive electronic interactions between the porphyrin subunits of these compounds. Notably, structural and (1)H NMR analyses verify that 1 and 2 possess open conformations necessary for binding small molecules within their respective cofacial (porphinato)metal cores.
Fletcher, JT; Therien, MJ
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