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Design and synthesis of functional molecular squares

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2006
Akpınar, Handan
Self-assembly has big importance in synthesizing supramolecular structures. Highly fluorescent molecular squares with boradiazaindacene (BODIPY) building blocks were obtained via usage of metal driven self-asembly. The boradiazaindacene units were connected with the Pd(II) complex unit enforcing a near-90 degree angle between the building blocks. Thus, we believe we have the first example of BODIPY carrying fluorescent squares. With collective experience in BODIPY chemistry in our group, we may have the first example of functionalizable molecular square. Self-assembled light harvesting systems will be ultimate biomimetic example of photosynthetic reaction center.