Synthesis and photophysics of benzotexaphyrin: a near-infrared emitter and photosensitizer

Tian Lu, Pin Shao, Iswarya Mathew, Andrew Sand, Wenfang Sun

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Texaphyrins are pentaazadentate macrocycles with interesting photophysical properties and potential applications as nonlinear optical (NLO) materials, photosensitizers, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrasting reagents, and radiation sensitizers, etc. To further red-shift the Q-like band of the texaphyrins, a benzotexaphyrin with an extensively delocalized π-electron system was synthesized for the first time. Its photophysical characteristics were systematically investigated. Due to the extended π-conjugation, the Q(0,0) band of benzotexaphyrin bathochromically shifts to 810 nm, and it emits at 825 nm with a singlet excited-state lifetime of 895 ps. Its triplet excited-state energy is estimated to be 119 kJ/mol. The triplet excited-state lifetime is ∼2.2 μs, and the quantum yield of the triplet excited-state formation is 0.78. It also exhibits a triplet-triplet transient absorption in the region 505-590 nm. In addition, benzotexaphyrin exhibits high efficiency in generating singlet oxygen in methanol (ΦΔ = 0.65). Therefore, benzotexaphyrin could potentially be a NIR photosensitizer and emitter for photodynamic therapy and bioimaging applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15782-15783
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 26 2008


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