Bodipy Derivatives as Organic Triplet Photosensitizers for Aerobic Photoorganocatalytic Oxidative Coupling of Amines and Photooxidation of Dihydroxylnaphthalenes

We used iodo-Bodipy derivatives that show strong absorption of visible light and long-lived triplet excited states as organic catalysts for photoredox catalytic organic reactions. Conventionally most of the photocatalysts are based on the off-the-shelf compounds, usually showing weak absorption in the visible region and short triplet excited state lifetimes. Herein, the organic catalysts are used for two photocatalyzed reactions mediated by singlet oxygen (1O2), that is, the aerobic oxidative coupling of amines and the photooxidation of dihydroxylnaphthalenes, which is coupled to the subsequent addition of amines to the naphthoquinones, via C–H functionalization of 1,4-naphthoquinone, to produce N-aryl-2-amino-1,4-naphthoquinones (one-pot reaction), which are anticancer and antibiotic reagents. The photoreactions were substantially accelerated with these new iodo-Bodipy organic photocatalysts compared to that catalyzed with the conventional Ru­(II)/Ir­(III) complexes, which show weak absorption in the visible region and short-lived triplet excited states. Our results will inspire the design and application of new organic triplet photosensitizers that show strong absorption of visible light and long-lived triplet excited state and the application of these catalysts in photoredox catalytic organic reactions.