Synthesis of symmetrical multichromophoric bodipy dyes and their facile transformation into energy transfer cassettes
Multichromophoric boron-dipyrromethene (Bodipy) dyes synthesized on phenylene-ethynylene platforms have been be converted to energy transfer cassettes in a one-step chemical transformation. Excitation energy transfer processes in these highly symmetrical derivatives were studied in detail, including time-re-solved fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. Excitation spectra and the emission lifetimes suggest efficient energy transfer between the donor and acceptor chromophore. These novel energy transfer cassettes, while highlighting a short-cut approach to similar energy transfer systems, could be useful as large pseudo-Stokes shift multichromophoric dyes with potential applications in diverse applications.