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N-BODIPYs Come into Play: Smart Dyes for Photonic Materials

N-BODIPYs Come into Play: Smart Dyes for Photonic Materials
Edurne Avellanal-Zaballa, Inmaculada García-Moreno, Luis Cerdán, César Ray, Santiago de la Moya, Jorge Bañuelos, Beatriz L. Maroto, Florencio Moreno, Laura Díaz-Casado, Íñigo López-Arbeloa
N-BODIPYs (diaminoboron dipyrromethenes) are unveiled as a new family of BODIPY dyes with huge technological potential. Synthetic access to these systems has been gained through a judicious design focused on stabilizing the involved diaminoboron chelate. Once stabilized, the obtained N-BODIPYs retain the effective photophysical behavior exhibited by other boron-substituted BODIPYs, such as O-BODIPYs. However, key bonding features of nitrogen compared to those of oxygen (enhanced bond valence and different bond directionality) open up new possibilities for functionalizing BODIPYs, allowing an increase in the number of pendant moieties (from two in O-BODIPYs, up to four in N-BODIPYs) near the chromophore and, therefore, greater control of the photophysics. As a proof of concept, the following findings are discussed: (1) the low-cost and straightforward synthesis of a selected series of N-BODIPYs; (2) their outstanding photophysical properties compared to those of related effective dyes (excellent emission signatures, including fluorescence in the solid state; notable lasing capacities in the liquid phase and when doped into polymers; improved laser performance compared to the parent F-BODIPYs); (3) the versatility of the diaminoboron moiety in allowing the generation of multifunctionalized BODIPYs, permitting access to both symmetric and asymmetric dyes; (4) the capability of such versatility to finely modulate the dye photophysics towards different photonic applications, from lasing to chemosensing. New family of BODIPY dyes: The diaminoboron dipyrromethenes (N-BODIPYs; see graphic) constitute a new family of BODIPY dyes. This unprecedented derivatization of the BODIPY chromophore opens up a new world of possibilities for the functionalization of BODIPY dyes and materials and modulation of their photonic properties.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/chem.201701350

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