Synthesis and spectroelectrochemistry of N-cobaltacarborane porphyrin conjugates

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N-Substituted porphyrins are well-known for the distortion they exhibit of the porphyrin plane through the sp3 hybridization of one of the pyrrolenic units. They have served as model compounds in investigations of many biochemical processes. In this paper, we developed an efficient route to N-substituted porphyrins, and report the synthesis of a series of new N-substituted cobaltacarborane - porphyrins containing one or two cobaltabisdicarbollide anions linked by (CH2CH2O) 2 chains to either the core porphyrin nitrogens or to a meso-aminophenyl group. These conjugates show different degrees of distortion of the porphyrin macrocycle, which affect their spectroscopic and electrochemical properties. In particular, the core N-substituted conjugates show significant fluorescence quenching in comparison with the noncore substituted macrocycles. The X-ray structures of two targeted core N-cobaltacarborane porphyrin conjugates are presented. The electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical properties of these porphyrin conjugates were investigated; while the peripheral N-substituted cobaltacarboranylporphyrins undergo three reversible reductions and three reversible oxidations (two attributed to the porphyrin and one to the CoIII cluster), the core N-substituted porphyrins exhibit complicated electrochemical behavior with coupled chemical reactions. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

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Bioconjugate Chemistry

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