A new class of substituted porphyrins has been developed in which a different number of cyclometalated PtII C^N^N acetylides and polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains are attached to the meso positions of the porphyrin core, which are meant for photophysical, electrochemical, and in vitro light-induced singlet oxygen (1O2) generation studies. All of these ZnII porphyrin-PtII C^N^N acetylide conjugates show moderate to high (ΦΔ=0.55 to 0.63) singlet oxygen generation efficiency. The complexes are soluble in organic solvents but, despite the PEG substituents, slowly aggregate in aqueous solvent systems. These conjugates also exhibit interesting photophysical properties, including near-complete photoinduced energy transfer (PEnT) through the rigid acetylenic bond(s) from the PtII C^N^N antenna units to the ZnII porphyrin core, which shows sensitized luminescence, as shown by quenching of PtII C^N^N-based luminescence. Electrochemical measurements show a set of redox processes that are approximately the sum of what is observed for the PtII C^N^N acetylide and ZnII porphyrin units. UV/Vis spectroscopic properties are supported by DFT calculations. The photophysical, electrochemical, and light-induced singlet oxygen (1O2) generation properties are reported for a series of ZnII porphyrin/PtII C^N^N acetylide compounds. One, two, or three cyclometallated PtII C^N^N luminophores are grafted onto a ZnII porphyrin core (see figure; R=PEG chain).
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