Novel molecular building blocks based on bodipy chromophore: applications in metallosupramolecular polymers and ion sensing

Büyükçakır, Onur
We have designed and synthesized boradiazaindacene (BODIPY) derivatives, appropriately functionalized for metal ion mediated supramolecular polymerization. Thus, ligands for 2- and 2,6-terpyridyl and bipyridyl functionalized BODIPY dyes were synthesized through Sonogashira couplings. These new fluorescent building blocks are responsive to metal ions in a stoichiometry dependent manner. Octahedral coordinating metal ions such as Zn(II), result in polymerization at a stoichiometry which corresponds to two terpyridyl ligands to one Zn(II) ion. However, at increased metal ion concentrations, the dynamic equilibria are re-established in such a way that, monomeric metal complex dominates. The position of equilibria can easily be monitored by 1H NMR and fluorescence spectroscopy. As expected, open shell Fe(II) ions while forming similar complex structures, quench the fluorescence emission of all four functionalized BODIPY ligands.