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Porphyrin-based nonlinear optical chromophores for optoelectronics

Synthesis, spectroscopy, and photophysics of multi-chromophoric Zn(II)-group 8 metal complexes


Electron and energy transfer processes are important chemical research areas. Detailed understanding of the mechanisms underlying these reactions can help lead to the design of synthetic enzymes that catalyze highly specific redox reactions, catalysts for alkane activation that feature electron transfer initiation, and photosynthetic reaction center mimics and light harvesting for solar energy storage and molecular electronic devices.


The Therien Lab has developed new synthetic chromophores that can be used in nonlinear optical devices and optoelectronic applications.  These chromophores feature a central (porphinato)zinc (II) unit and peripheral metal-bis-terpyridyl complexes coupled via a bridging moiety.  There is a low-lying bridge (ZnP) excited state that is polarized exclusively along the long axis of the molecule.  Metal-mediated cross-coupling is carried out to synthesize the compounds.


  • High light intensity emitted
  • Improved long-range electron transfer kinetics
  • High stability
  • Large dynamic hyperpolarizabilities at telecommunication-relevant wavelengths


  • Telecommunications
  • Information storage
  • Signal processing
  • Photoelectric devices
  • Multilayer polymer films


Representative chromophore structure

Stage of Development:

Proof-of-concept testing and synthesis

Intellectual Property: 

Reference Media: 

Uyeda HT et al.  JACS, 2002, 124(46), p. 13806-13813.

Desired Partnerships: 

Patent Information:


Docket # N2559

For Information, Contact:

Joshua Jeanson Associate Director, SEAS/SAS Licensing Group
University of Pennsylvania