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Metal-mediated linear self-assembly of porphyrins

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Porphyrin derivatives are highly relevant to biological processes such as light harvesting and charge separation. Their aromatic electronic structure and their accessible HOMO−LUMO gap render porphyrins highly attractive for the development of opto- and electro-active materials. Due to the often difficult covalent synthesis of multiporphyrins, self-assembly using metal complexation as the driving force can lead to well defined objects exhibiting a controlled morphology, which will be required to analyse and understand the electronic properties of porphyrin wires. This article presents two assembly approaches, namely by peripheral coordination or by binding to a metal ion in the porphyrin core, that are efficient and well designed for future developments requiring interactions with a surface.

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17 Dec 2017
13 Jan 2018
First published
24 Jan 2018

Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 1550-1558
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Feature Article

Metal-mediated linear self-assembly of porphyrins

J. A. Wytko, R. Ruppert, C. Jeandon and J. Weiss, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 1550
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC09650J

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