Incorporating BODIPY Fluorophores into Tetrakis(arylethynyl)benzenes

Six structural isomers of a tetrakis(arylethynyl)benzene (TAEB) chromophore functionalized with dibutylamine and BODIPY moieties as the corresponding donor and acceptor units were prepared. To evaluate the effectiveness of the donor group, two TAEB molecules and three structurally related bis(arylethynyl)benzene (BAEB) isomers containing only acceptors were also synthesized. The electronic absorption and emission spectra of each series were examined. Additionally, computational studies were employed to corroborate the relative energy levels and gaps present in each series.