Optics and Spectroscopy

, Volume 102, Issue 4, pp 503–509 | Cite as

Fluorescence quenching of vaporous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by oxygen

  • G. A. Zalesskaya
  • F. Piuzzi
  • E. G. Sambor
Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules


The fluorescence quenching by oxygen of vapors of nine polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with strongly different oxidation potentials 0.44 eV < E ox < 1.61 eV (anthracene, 9-methylanthracene, 2-aminoanthracene, 9,10-dibromanthracene, pyrene, chrysene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, and carbazole) is studied. From the dependences of the fluorescence decay rates and intensities on the oxygen pressure P O2, the quenching rate constants k S O2 for the excited singlet states S 1 and the fraction f S O2 of the S 1 states quenched by oxygen are estimated. At P O2 = 5 Torr, the k S O2 constants vary from 1.2 × 107 to 3.0 × 105 s−1 Torr−1, while the fraction of the quenched excited singlet states changes from 0.1 (fluoranthene) to 0.7 (chrysene) and 0.8 (pyrene). The dependences of k S O2 on the photophysical and electron-donor characteristics of the fluorescing compounds are analyzed. It is shown that, in the gas phase of anthracene and its derivatives, the magnitudes of k S O2 are limited by the rate constants of gas-kinetic collisions k gk and do not depend on the electron-donor characteristics of fluorophores, while the fraction of quenched states f S O2 changes with the oxidation potential. For compounds with k S O2 < k gk, both the rate constants k S O2 and the fraction of quenched states f S O2 depend on the E ox of sensitizers, which demonstrates an important role played by the charge-transfer interactions in quenching of the S 1 states. The dependence of the rate constants k S O2 on the free energy of electron transfer ΔG et is considered.

PACS numbers

33.50.Hv 34.70.+e 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. Zalesskaya
    • 1
  • F. Piuzzi
    • 2
  • E. G. Sambor
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Molecular and Atomic PhysicsNational Academy of Sciences of BelarusMinskBelarus
  2. 2.Laboratoire Francis PerrinCentre de SeclayGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance

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