Synthesis and spectroscopic properties of bodipy dimers with effective solid-state emission

Lizhi Gai, Hua Lu, Bin Zou, Guoqiao Lai, Zhen Shen, Zhifang Li

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Boron-dipyrromethenes (BODIPYs) dimers with phenyl and bulky triphenylsilylphenyl substituents were synthesized through oxidative self-coupling of the 2-position with FeCl3. Spectroscopic properties of all the dyes in various solvents and on films have been investigated. In comparison with the corresponding monomers, the dimers exhibit higher molar absorption coefficients, relative moderate fluorescent quantum yields and redshifted wavelengths. The luminescence yields of the dimers are solvent polarity dependent and decrease dramatically in acetonitrile. More intensive solid-state emission of triphenylsilylphenyl substituted BODIPY dimer is observed with a quantum yield of 9.7% relative to the phenyl substituted dimer, which could be attributed to the introduction of the bulky group that inhibits aggregation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8840-8846
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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