Influence of Substituent and Benzoannulation on Photophysical Properties of 1‑Benzoylmethyleneisoquinoline Difluoroborates

A series of 1-benzoylmethyleneisoquinoline difluoroborates were synthesized, and their photophysical properties were determined. The effect of the substituent and benzoannulation on their properties was investigated to make a comparison with recently published results focused on related quinolines. The photophysical properties of isoquinoline derivatives differ from those of quinolines, and the most pronounced differences are found for the fluorescence quantum yields. Both experimental and theoretical approaches were used to explain the observed photophysical properties.