By tailoring the chemistry of the 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (bodipy) core in order to change its spectroscopic properties, we linked some modified bodipy dyes to Pt(II)-terpyridine centers thereby preparing three novel hybrid complexes. In one of such species, two pyrene subunits are also present. The absorption spectra and luminescence properties (both at room temperature in acetonitrile solution and at 77 K in butyronitrile rigid matrix) of the new hybrid complexes and of their bodipy parent species have been investigated, and compared with those of previously studied compounds. Absorption spectra showed that the different chromophoric subunits roughly keep their own features in the multicomponent systems, indicating the supramolecular nature of the compounds. Efficient photoinduced intercomponent energy transfer takes place in the various hybrid Pt(II)-terpyridine-bodipy compounds, by taking advantage of different mechanisms: at room temperature in fluid solution very efficient energy transfer from the 3MLCT state(s) of the Pt residue to the lowest-lying 3bodipy is mediated by a charge transfer state via a two-step electron transfer process. Direct energy transfer from 3MLCT state(s) to the 3bodipy states takes place at 77 K, most likely via the Dexter mechanism. When two pyrene fragments are grafted to the boron, cascade energy transfer from the pyrene to the 1bodipy also occurs by the Förster mechanism. For one of the new compounds, 3bodipy emission with a maximum at 738 nm is also observed at cryogenic temperature.
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