Herein, through a combination of divergent and convergent approaches, coupled with the utilization of the powerful Sharpless “click chemistry” reaction, two series of high-generation nonlinear optical (NLO) dendrimers have been conveniently prepared in high purity and satisfactory yields. Perfluoroaromatic rings and isolation chromophores were introduced to further improve their comprehensive performance. Thanks to the effects of ArArF self-assembly and the isolation chromophores, coupled with perfect 3D spatial isolation from the highly branched structure of the dendrimer, G5-PFPh-NS displayed very large NLO efficiency (up to 257 pm V−1), which is, to the best of our knowledge, the new record highest value reported so far for simple azo chromophore moieties. High-quality wide optical transparency and good stability were also achieved.
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