Synthetic Access to Benzimidacarbocyanine Dyes to Tailor Their Aggregation Properties

J Org Chem. 2021 Jul 2;86(13):8641-8651. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c00385. Epub 2021 Jun 20.


Developing structure-aggregation relationships of cyanine dyes is crucial for controlling their optical properties for various uses. This study develops a synthetic route and the structure-dependent self-assembly of a family of benzimidacarbocyanine dyes for J- or H-aggregation properties. It was found that both the presence and placement of halogen atoms play a defining role in the resulting supramolecular interactions of these compounds.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Coloring Agents*
  • Halogens*


  • Coloring Agents
  • Halogens