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Keywords:

  • alkylation;
  • dyes;
  • fluorescence;
  • perylenediimides;
  • single-molecule spectroscopy
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Clearly visible: A water-soluble and highly fluorescent perylenediimide is synthesized via ruthenium-catalyzed alkylation with outstanding yields (see scheme). For the first time, the possibility to use phosphonate derivatives in a Murai-type reaction is demonstrated.