Dimers and trimers of a fluorenone-appended porphyrin were prepared via Lindsey optimized Sonogashira coupling reaction. The photophysical properties of the oligomers were investigated upon excitation of the fluorenone arms which act as donors. The emission profiles of the covalently linked porphyrins suggest that the diphenylacetylene bonds are vital for efficient intramolecular energy transfer between the porphyrin units. Additionally, higher fluorescence quantum yields were recorded for the oligomers than for the individual units.
- Energy transfer
- Sonogashira coupling