Novel method for preparing stable near-infrared absorbers: a new phthalocyanine family based on rhenium(i) complexes†
Rational design of near-infrared (NIR) absorbing molecules is crucial for developing photofunctional materials. Here, we synthesized dinuclear and mononuclear Re(I) tricarbonyl phthalocyanine complexes that exhibit a sharp intense Q band in the NIR region. The unsymmetric coordination of electron-deficient metal unit(s) concomitantly produced a remarkable red shift of the Q band and improved the tolerance of the phthalocyanine ring to oxidation. This study presents a simple and effective strategy for the construction of NIR absorbers with high stability.