Synthesis and spectral properties of new boron dipyrromethene dyes

Binchen Guo, Xiaojun Peng, Aijun Cui, Yunkou Wu, Maozhong Tian, Lizhu Zhang, Xiaoqiang Chen, Yunling Gao

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New BODIPY dyes have been synthesized via the condensation of R-CH2COCl (R = H, Br, Cl and Et2N) with 2,4-dimethylpyrrole and the coordination with BF3 etherate. The acetyl chlorides with electron-withdrawing substituents (R = Br or Cl) are easier to react with the 2,4-dimethylpyrrole to form the related dyes and make a red-shift in absorbance and fluorescence maximum. Dye 4 (R = Et2N), based on PET mechanism, exhibits good properties as a pH fluorescent sensor with a pKa of 8.74 and a 15-fold fluorescence enhancement in the pH range of 9.38-7.60.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-210
Number of pages5
JournalDyes and Pigments
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Biological label
  • Fluorescent dyes
  • PET
  • pH probe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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