Self-assembly of charged bodipy dyes to form cassettes that display intracomplex electronic energy transfer and accrete into liquid crystals

Jean Hubert Olivier, Joaquín Barberá, Effat Bahaidarah, Anthony Harriman, Raymond Ziessel

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Red- and blue-absorbing boron dipyrromethene dyes, bearing opposite electronic charges, associate in solution to form a 1:2 complex having a stability constant of ca. 10 17 M -2. The complex can be dismantled by addition of a large excess of tetra-N-butylammonium cations. The same complex displays liquid crystalline properties on heating from rt to above 150 °C, as characterized by various experimental techniques. Highly efficient electronic energy transfer from the red to the blue dye occurs in both the initial complex and the subsequent mesomorphic state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6100-6103
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number14
StatePublished - Apr 11 2012
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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