Directly Diphenylborane-Fused Porphyrins

Keisuke Fujimoto, Juwon Oh, Hideki Yorimitsu, Dongho Kim, Atsuhiro Osuka

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Mono- and bis(diphenylborane)-fused porphyrins were synthesized from the corresponding β-(2-trimethylsilylphenyl)-substituted porphyrins through the sequence of Si–B exchange reaction, intramolecular bora-Friedel–Crafts reaction, and ring-closing Si–B exchange reaction. Effective electronic interactions of the empty p-orbital of the boron atom with the porphyrin π-circuit lead to red-shifted absorption spectra and substantially decreased LUMO energy levels. Pyridine adds at the boron center to cause disruption of the electronic interaction of the boron atom with large association constants (1.9–17×104 m−1) depending on the central metal at the porphyrin. The ZnII complex behaved as a hetero-dinuclear Lewis acid, exhibiting regioselective binding of pyridines at the boron or the zinc center.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3196-3199
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 24


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