Enhanced singlet oxygen generation of a soft salt through efficient energy transfer between two ionic metal complexes

Yun Ma, Shujun Zhang, Huanjie Wei, Yafang Dong, Liang Shen, Shujuan Liu, Qiang Zhao, Li Liu, Wai Yeung Wong

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In this study, a soft salt complex based photosensitizer has been developed for photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer cells. The iridium(iii) complex [Ir(L)(L′)] 3+ (PF 6 - ) 3 (C1) with L and L′ being terpyridine ligands (L = 4′-phenyl-2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine, L′ = 3-([2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridin]-4′-yl)-9-hexyl-9H-carbazole) was chosen as the cationic component, and the iridium(iii) complex [Ir(dfppy) 2 CN 2 ] - Bu 4 N + (A1) was selected as the anionic component. Complexes C1 and A1 are directly connected through electrostatic interaction to form a soft salt based photosensitizer (S1), which exhibited an enhanced singlet oxygen generation rate because of efficient energy transfer between two ionic metal complexes. Furthermore, this novel photosensitizer was successfully applied in photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer cells for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5582-5588
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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