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Crystal Structures, Reaction Rates, and Selected Physical Properties of Halo-Boronsubphthalocyanines (Halo = Fluoride, Chloride, and Bromide)

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posted on 2012-10-11, 00:00 authored by Mabel V. Fulford, Damish Jaidka, Andrew S. Paton, Graham E. Morse, Emma R. L. Brisson, Alan J. Lough, Timothy P. Bender
The physical properties, including the solid state arrangement, photophysics, solubility, and electrochemical behavior of a series of halo-BsubPcs (halo = F, Cl, Br) have been measured (IUPAC name halo-(7,12:14,19-diimino-21,5-nitrilo-5H-tribenzo­(c,h,m)­(1,6,11)­triazacyclopentadecinato)-boron­(III)). We have found that across the series all are relatively similar in most regards. Exceptions include that F-BsubPc can be 5 to 25 times more soluble than Cl-BsubPc in common organic solvents. F-BsubPc was also found to be hydrolytically stable under the conditions tested, whereas Cl-BsubPc and Br-BsubPc readily hydrolyzed to form HO-BsubPc. The relative rates of reaction for the series of halo-BsubPcs under standard phenoxylation conditions have also been measured. It was found that F-BsubPc does not undergo phenoxylation, whereas Br-BsubPc showed a markedly higher reaction rate relative to Cl-BsubPc. Based on these data some assumptions can be made as to the suitability of either F-BsubPc or Br-BsubPc to be used in place of the more common Cl-BsubPc. The data indicate that F-BsubPc is a potential replacement for Cl-BsubPc in organic electronic materials whereas Br-BsubPc might be more suitable as a chemical intermediate. Comments on the synthetic methods used to produce each halo-BsubPc are also made.