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Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Difluoroboron Complexes of Curcuminoid Derivatives Bearing Different Terminal Aromatic Units and a meso-Aryl Ring

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posted on 03.05.2013, 00:00 by Abdellah Felouat, Anthony D’Aléo, Fredéric Fages
The synthesis of nine curcuminoids and their difluoroboron complexes is described, with seven of them containing a meso-phenyl ring. Dynamic 19F NMR confirmed the fact that rotation of that meso-aryl fragment is restricted in the latter systems at room temperature and become allowed at higher temperature (>45 °C). The molecular structure of a meso-substituted derivative in the solid state showed that the phenyl ring lies in a highly twisted plane with respect to the mean curcuminoid plane. The photophysical properties of the nine compounds were investigated in solvents of different polarity. Meso-substitution with a phenyl ring has little influence on fluorescence emission properties in solution, radiative and nonradiative kinetic constants being similar for meso- and nonsubstituted compounds, which is in contrast to the case of BODIPY derivatives. However, introduction of an electron donor p-methoxy group at the meso-phenyl ring leads to small perturbation of the curcuminoid π-system fluorescence emission. We also report the influence of the meso-phenyl group on the emission properties of the aggregated solids.