Convergent synthesis and light harvesting properties of dendritic boradiazaindacene (BODIPY) appended perylenediimide dyes
A convergent synthesis methodology, together with "click- chemistry" between azides and terminal alkynes, allows straighforward access to dendritic light harvesting systems. The novel dendrimer reported in this study has eight boradiazaindacene (BODIPY) units at the periphery and a perylenediimide (PDI) dye at the core. We have demonstrated that visible light is effectively collected as a result of the large absorption cross section of the dendrimer and efficiently channeled to the core PDI unit, resulting in a significant antenna effect. While being one of the very few energy transfer systems with a BODIPY and PDI chromophore pair, this novel dendritic molecule is one of the most efficient in light harvesting. The factors that may play important roles as the generation number increases also become apparent when emission characteristics were analyzed in comparison with a lower generation dendrimer.