Synthesis and characterization of near-ir emissive tetra styryl-BODIPY based light harvesting energy transfer cassettes
Akkaya, Engin U.
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Light harvesting antenna systems are being used to harvest light through its antenna units. Using these systems, light is channeled into an acceptor chromophore and much more concentrated energy is obtained in acceptor unit with a specific wavelength. In this study, we have rationally designed and synthesized two different novel Förster-type light harvesting energy transfer cassettes which have large stokes shifts and emit in near-IR region. The first cassette has four boradiazaindacene (BODIPY) as donor groups and one tetrastyryl-BODIPY as an acceptor group. The second cassette has four distyryl-BODIPY units as donor groups and one tetrastyryl-BODIPY as an acceptor group. Click chemistry is successfully used to combine donor and acceptor groups to each other. Efficient energy transfer from donor groups to acceptor group in both cassettes was observed and characterized using emission spectrum, quantum yields and lifetimes. Energy transfer efficiencies and rate of energy transfer were calculated and it is demonstrated that there is more efficient energy transfer in cassette that has better overlap in donor emission and acceptor absorption spectrum which is in accordiance with expected behaviour for Förster-type of energy transfer cassettes.
Förster-type energy transfer