Date: 06 May 2008

Inclusion complex of charge transfer probe 4-amino-3-methyl benzoic acid methyl ester (AMBME) with β-CD in aqueous and non-aqueous medium: medium dependent stoichiometry of the complex and orientation of probe molecule inside β-CD nanocavity

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The absorption and emission characteristics of donor−acceptor charge transfer system 4-amino-3-methyl benzoic acid methyl ester (AMBME), capable of dual emission, i.e., local emission (LE) and charge transfer (CT) emission, have been investigated inside the β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) nanocavity in the aqueous and non-aqueous dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO) medium. Large enhancement of both LE and CT band in aqueous β-CD medium is due to decrease in non-radiative processes in less polar and restricted environment. Whereas in non-aqueous DMSO medium the CT process is hindered as a result CT intensity decreases with enhancement of LE band. These spectral differences indicate that in aqueous medium the donor –NH2 group sticking in the hydrophilic region of β-CD cavity whereas in non-aqueous DMSO medium it exists in the hydrophobic part of the cavity. Spectral characteristics indicate that different stoichiometry of host–guest inclusion complexes are formed in aqueous and non-aqueous β-CD medium.