Journal of Fluorescence

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 961–972 | Cite as

New Photochrome Probe Allows Simultaneous pH and Microviscosity Sensing

  • Yuanyuan Wu
  • Vladislav Papper
  • Oleksandr Pokholenko
  • Vladimir Kharlanov
  • Yubin Zhou
  • Terry W. J. Steele
  • Robert S. Marks
ORIGINAL PAPER

Abstract

4-N,N′-dimethylamino-4′-N′-stilbenemaleamic acid (DASMA), a unique molecular photochrome probe that exhibits solubility and retains trans-cis photoisomerisation in a wide range of organic solvents and aqueous pH environments, was prepared, purified and chemically characterised. Absorption, fluorescence excitation and emission spectra and constant-illumination fluorescence decay were measured in acetonitrile, dimethyl sulfoxide, ethanol, propylene carbonate, and aqueous glycerol mixtures. The pseudo-first-order fluorescence decay rates were found to be strongly dependent on the medium viscosity. In addition, the molecule exhibited the pH-dependent fluorescence and photoisomerisation kinetics.

Keywords

Stilbene Maleamic acid Fluorescence Photoisomerisation Intramolecular charge transfer pH sensor Microviscosity Viscosity sensor Photochrome probe 

Abbreviations

DASMA

4-N,N′-dimethylamino-4′-stilbenemaleamic acid

ICT

Intramolecular charge transfer

DMA

Dimethylamino group

ACN

Acetonitrile

EtOH

Ethanol

DMSO

Dimethyl sulfoxide

PC

Propylene carbonate

DAAS

4-(N,N′-dimethylamino)-4′-aminostilbene

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuanyuan Wu
    • 1
  • Vladislav Papper
    • 1
  • Oleksandr Pokholenko
    • 1
  • Vladimir Kharlanov
    • 2
  • Yubin Zhou
    • 1
  • Terry W. J. Steele
    • 1
  • Robert S. Marks
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Institute of Physical ChemistryHumbold University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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