Inorganic Chemistry, Vol.41, No.14, 3699-3704, 2002
Design and synthesis of a self-assembled photochemical dyad based on selective imidazole recognition
The unique recognition properties of phenanthroline-strapped zinc porphyrin 1, which displays extremely high affinity for N-unsubstituted imidazoles, has been used as the driving force for the assembly of a photochemical dyad involving a zinc(II) porphyrin as energy donor and a free base porphyrin as energy acceptor. The synthesis of the imidazole-substituted porphyrin is described together with the assembly of the dyad. H-1 NMR titrations confirm the formation of a 1/1 complex between 1 and 6, as well as insertion of the imidazole of the acceptor within the phenanthroline strap of the donor. Preliminary fluorescence quenching measurements show that efficient energy transfer occurs between the self-assembled components.