A non-tetradecarboxylative synthesis of 2,7,12,17-tetraphenylporphycene

Ana Gavalda, JosÉ I. Borrell, Jordi Teixido, Santiago Nonell, Ofir Arad, Roser Grau, Magdalena CaÑete, Angeles Juarranz, Angeles Villanueva, Juan C. Stockert

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A new synthetic method for 2,7,12,17-tetraphenylporphycene (2e, TPPo) which avoids tetradecarboxylation by sublimation of the intermediate tetracarboxylic acid 8 is reported. Thus, the use of a pyrrol 13a bearing two orthogonal ester groups allows the synthesis of bipyrrol 12a, from which the benzyl ester groups are selectively removed to afford diester 11. The latter is transformed to dialdehyde 10 by using the McFayden-Stevens reaction, thus avoiding the unstable bipyrrol 9 formed during the tetradecarboxylation of 8.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-852
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Orthogonal protecting groups
  • Photodynamic therapy, (PDT)
  • Porphycene
  • Sensitizer
  • Tetraphenylporphycene


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