Ultrafast spectroscopic investigation of discrete co-assemblies of a Zn-porphyrin–polymer conjugate with a hexapyridyl template

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  • Wen Dong Quan
  • Lewis A. Baker
  • Richard Napier
  • Vasilios G. Stavros
  • Michael Staniforth

Colleges, School and Institutes


One of the key features of biological light harvesting complexes (LHCs) is their incorporation of multichromophoric reaction centres via non-covalent interactions. Most synthetic mimics require relatively complex syntheses and are constructed in organic solvents. Here, we report the use of polymer self-assembly to enable the formation of Zn-porphyrin–pyridine complexes in aqueous solution. Time-resolved femtosecond pump–probe spectroscopy revealed four time constants, each associated with significant ground state bleach recovery, suggesting energy transfer between the porphyrin and pyridine. Self-assembly opens up new photophysical relaxation pathways, making it a useful additional strategy for the construction of more advanced LHC mimics.


Original languageEnglish
Article number138736
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Early online date11 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2021


  • amphiphilic, multidentate, photophysical, LHC mimics