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Molecules 2017, 22(8), 1269; doi:10.3390/molecules22081269

β-Formyl- and β-Vinylporphyrins: Magic Building Blocks for Novel Porphyrin Derivatives

Department of Chemistry and QOPNA, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Centro de Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
This review prepared to be published in the special issue ”Women in Organic Chemistry”, following the invitation of the Guest Editor Prof. Dr. Margaret A. Brimble has an important contribution of the work developed by the corresponding author on the functionalization of tetrapyrrolic macrocycles. She expects to show her enjoyment playing, during almost 40 years, with these magic macrocycles in order to obtain new high value-added compounds.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 10 July 2017 / Revised: 21 July 2017 / Accepted: 23 July 2017 / Published: 29 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women in Organic Chemistry)


Porphyrins bearing formyl or vinyl groups have been explored as starting materials to prepare new compounds with adequate features for different applications. In this review it is discussed mainly synthetic strategies based on the reaction of meso-tetraarylporphyrins bearing those groups at β-pyrrolic positions. The use of some of the obtained porphyrin derivatives for further transformations, namely via pericyclic reactions, is also highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: porphyrins; formyl group; vinyl group; methylene active compounds; imines; pericylic reactions porphyrins; formyl group; vinyl group; methylene active compounds; imines; pericylic reactions

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Cerqueira, A.F.R.; Moura, N.M.M.; Serra, V.V.; Faustino, M.A.F.; Tomé, A.C.; Cavaleiro, J.A.S.; Neves, M.G.P.M.S. β-Formyl- and β-Vinylporphyrins: Magic Building Blocks for Novel Porphyrin Derivatives. Molecules 2017, 22, 1269.

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