Phthalocyanine (Pc) dimers connected through trans-platinum(II) diacetylide linkers have been prepared by reaction of the corresponding ethynylphthalocyanines with trans-bis(triethylphosphine)platinum(II) chloride. Special emphasis was placed on the analysis of the ground- and excited-state features of these compounds in relation to butadiyne-bridged Pc dimers and the corresponding monomers. Both ZnII-containing Pc dimers exhibit long-lived triplet excited states. The insertion of σ-bonded trans-platinum(II) diacetylide spacers decoupled the two Pc groups and led to an appreciable acceleration (by a factor of up to 10) of the radiative and nonradiative decay rate of the singlet and triplet excited states.
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