Inorganic chemistry
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Construction of an Artificial Light-Harvesting System with Efficient Photocatalytic Activity in an Aqueous Solution Based on a FRET-Featuring Metallacage.

Publication Date Aug 8, 2022

Abstract

Over the past few decades, the design and construction of high-efficiency artificial light-harvesting systems (LHSs) involving multistep fluorescence-resonance energy transfer (FRET) processes have gradually received considerable attention within wide fields ranging from supramolecular chemistry to chemical biology and even materials science. Herein, through coordination-driven self-assembly, a novel tetragonal prismatic metallacage featuring a FRET process using tetraphenylethene (TPE) units as donors and BODIPY units as acceptors has been conveniently synthesized. Subsequently, taking advantage of supramolecular hydrophobic interactions, a promising artificial LHS involving two-step FRET processes from TPE to BODIPY and then to Nile Red (NiR) has been successfully fabricated in an aqueous solution using the FRET-featuring metallacage, NiR, and an amphiphilic polymer (mPEG-DSPE). Notably, this obtained aqueous LHS exhibits highly efficient photocatalytic activity in the dehalogenation of a bromoacetophenone derivate. This study provides a unique strategy for fabricating artificial LHSs in aqueous solutions with multistep FRET processes and further promotes the future development of mimicking the photosynthesis process.

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Construction Of Artificial Light-harvesting Systems Fluorescence-resonance Energy Transfer Processes Nile Red Artificial Light-Harvesting System Efficient Photocatalytic Activity BODIPY Units Coordination-driven Self-assembly Fluorescence-resonance Energy Transfer Light-harvesting Systems Amphiphilic Polymer

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