Differential substituent effects of β-halogens in water-soluble porphyrins

Justin C. Biffinger, Haoran Sun, Andrew P. Nelson, Stephen G. DiMagno

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The first water-soluble β-octafluorinated porphyrins, 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)-2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octafluoroporphyrin, 1, and 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(2,6-difluoro-3-sulfonatophenyl)-2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octafluo roporphyrin, 2, have been prepared and their aqueous aggregation, acid-base, and optical properties have been characterized. The porphyrins are tetraanionic at neutral pH (at pH = 3-11 for 1 and pH = 0-9 for 2). Semiempirical (AM1) calculations provide evidence that somewhat unusual acidity characteristics of the fluorinated compounds (with respect to similar brominated porphyrins) can be rationalized solely on the basis of chemical hardness and electronegativity arguments. These results indicate that the large conformational differences seen in the structures of brominated and fluorinated water-soluble porphyrins have little impact upon N-H acidity. Metalation of 1 and 2 with ZnCl2 yielded the zinc complexes, which were characterized by optical spectroscopy and electrochemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-736
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 21 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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