Peripherally substituted tetradecaazaheptacene (N14Hp) compounds, exhibiting amphiprotism-coupled emission, have been synthesized. X-ray crystallography reveals a planar acene-like chromophore, and electronic absorption and emission occur in the near-infrared biological transparency window (650–900 nm). The compounds exhibit long-wavelength emission with photoluminescence quantum yields ΦPL up to ∼0.61 at 686 nm, with the monodeprotonated state ΦPL ≈ 0.58 at 712 nm. This unprecedented highly nitrogenous chromophore illustrates the stability and utility of the pyrazinacenes for different applications based on their photophysical properties and chemical structures.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry