A novel bis(zinc-porphyrin)-oxoporphyrinogen donor-acceptor triad: Synthesis, electrochemical, computational and photochemical studies

Jonathan P. Hill, Atula S.D. Sandanayaka, Amy L. McCarty, Paul A. Karr, Melvin E. Zandler, Richard Charvet, Katsuhiko Ariga, Yasuyuki Araki, Osamu Ito, Francis D'Souza

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The first example of a porphyrin-quinonoid donor-acceptor triad featuring (tetraphenylporphinato)zinc(II) moieties covalently attached to an oxoporphyrinogen through its macrocyclic nitrogen atoms is reported. This arrangement of chromophores results in an interesting interplay between the electron-donating zinc-porphyrin(s) and the electron/energy accepting oxoporphyrinogen. The optical absorption of the triad reveals features corresponding to both the donor and acceptor entities. The geometry and electronic structure of the triad deduced from B3LYP/3-21G(*) calculations reveal an absence of inter-chromophoric interactions and localization of the HOMO on one zinc-porphyrin group and the LUMO on the oxoporphyrinogen scaffold. The electrochemical redox states of the triad were established from a comparative electrochemistry of the triad and the reference compounds. Both steady-state and time-resolved emission studies revealed quenching of the singlet excited state of zinc-porphyrin in the triad, and the free-energy calculations performed using Weller's approach indicate the possibility of electron transfer from the singlet excited zinc-porphyrin group to the oxoporphyrinogen in polar solvents. Time-resolved fluorescence studies reveal excited state energy transfer from zinc-porphyrin to oxoporphyrinogen in nonpolar solvents, while nanosecond transient absorption studies combined with time-resolved fluorescence studies in polar solvents are indicative of the occurrence of photoinduced charge separation from the singlet excited zinc-porphyrin to the oxoporphyrinogen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-603
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 30


  • Electrochemistry
  • Oxoporphyrinogen
  • Photochemistry
  • Porphyrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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