An Improved Method for the Synthesis of <i>F</i>-BODIPYs from Dipyrrins and Bis(dipyrrin)s

An improved methodology for the synthesis of <i>F-</i>BODIPYs from dipyrrins and bis(dipyrrin)s is reported. This strategy employs lithium salts of dipyrrins as intermediates that are then treated with only 1 equiv of boron trifluoride diethyletherate to obtain the corresponding <i>F-</i>BODIPYs. This scalable route to <i>F</i>-BODIPYs renders high yields with a facile purification process involving merely filtration of the reaction mixture through Celite in many cases.