European Journal of Chemistry

Synthesis of an E-BODIPY based fluorescent Co-polymer containing organoboron quinolate units

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Priya Hewavitharanage
Prince Nzeata
Jeffrey Wiggins


A novel fluorescent co-polymer with an organoboron quinolate and an E-BODIPY (BODIPY: 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a-4a-diaza-s-indacene) moiety was synthesized with the aim of producing a donor-acceptor polymeric system where the organoboron quinolate acts as the donor and the E-BODIPY moiety is the acceptor. The polymer has three prominent absorption bands: 264 nm (corresponding to the organoboron quinolate), 397 nm (corresponding to the organoboron quinolate and BODIPY) and 516 nm (corresponding to the E-BODIPY moiety). Excitation of the organoboron quinolate at 264 nm resulted in emission at 525 nm, giving a 261 nm Stokes shift. Energy transfer from the donor (organoboron quinolate) unit to the acceptor (BODIPY) explains the origin of this large Stokes shift.


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Hewavitharanage, P.; Nzeata, P.; Wiggins, J. Synthesis of an E-BODIPY Based Fluorescent Co-Polymer Containing Organoboron Quinolate Units. Eur. J. Chem. 2012, 3, 13-16.

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Science and Engineering Research Grant Award of University of the Southern Indiana (Project No, 17228-01780), Faculty Research and Creative Work Award of the University of Southern Indiana (Project No, 17271-01780) and the Indiana Academy of Science (Proj

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