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Coordination-Driven Self Assembly of a Brilliantly Fluorescent Rhomboid Cavitand Composed of Bodipy-Dye Subunits

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posted on 2010-11-24, 00:00 authored by Antonia Kaloudi-Chantzea, Nikolaos Karakostas, Catherine P. Raptopoulou, Vassilis Psycharis, Emmanuel Saridakis, Jan Griebel, Ralf Hermann, George Pistolis
The two sp3 hybridized fluorine atoms of a Bodipy dye have been synthetically replaced with the linear donor ligand 4-ethynylpyridine (−CC−Py) to form a rigid and highly symmetrical 109.5° building block in which the fluorophore subunit is vertically aligned to the plane formed by the −CC−Py donors. Upon reaction of the above tecton with a 90° organoplatinum acceptor unit, an intensely fluorescent rhomboid cavitand was manifested in solution. In contrast to the vast majority of coordination-driven self-assembled chromophoric systems, the present one fully conserves the excellent photophysical properties of the parent Bodipy dye. These unique features of the present metallosupramolecular entity constitute a fascinating metal-to-ligand self-assembled prototype for building compact and intensely luminescent materials with host−guest capabilities.