Tetrameric porphyrin formation of 2-hydroxymethylpyrrole fused with porphyrins through a bicyclo[2.2.2]octadiene unit gave bicyclo[2.2.2]octadiene- fused porphyrin pentamers. Thermal conversion of the pentamers gave fully π-conjugated cruciform porphyrin pentamers fused with benzene units in quantitative yields. UV/Vis spectra of fully π-conjugated porphyrin pentamers showed one very strong Q absorption and were quite different from those of usual porphyr-ins. From TD-DFT calculations, the HOMO level is 0.49 eV higher than the HOMO-1 level. The LUMO and LUMO+ 1 levels are very close and are lower by more than 0.27 eV than those of other unoccupied MOs. The strong Q absorption was interpreted as two mutually orthogonal single-electron transitions (683 nm: 86%, HOMO LUMO; 680 nm: 86%, HOMO->LUMO + 1). The two-photon absorption (TPA) cross section value (σ(2)) of the benzene-fused porphyrin pentamer was estimated to be 3900 GM at 1500 nm, which is strongly correlated with a cruciform molecular structure with multidirectional π-conjugation pathways.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry