Three meso-expanded tetrapyrrolic aromatic macrocycles, including 22π and 26π acetylene-cumulene bridged stretched octamethoxyporphycenes and octamethoxyporphyrin-(188.8.131.52), are reported, for the first time, by modification of previously reported synthetic methods. This strategy led to an enhancement in the overall yield of their corresponding octaethyl analogues. The methoxy-substituted expanded porphycenes display slightly blueshifted absorption relative to their ethyl analogues, along with very weak fluorescence, probably due to efficient intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). Additionally, the two-photon absorption (TPA) cross sections of these macrocycles were evaluated; these are strongly related to core expansion of the porphyrin aromaticity through increased meso-bridging carbon atoms as well as conformational flexibility and substitution effects at the macrocyclic periphery. In particular, the octamethoxy stretched porphycenes display strong TPA compared with the octaethyl analogues due to the dominant ICT character of methoxy groups with a maximum TPA cross section of 830 GM at 1700 nm observed for 26π-octamethoxyacetylene-cumuleneporphycene.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry