Photochemistry and Photophysics of Merocyanine 540

  • Anthony A. Harriman
Part of the Medical Intelligence Unit book series (MIU.LANDES)


The instrumentation at the Center for Fast Kinetics Research was intended to monitor very fast processes, such as time-resolved fluorescence or pulse radiolysis, in an effort to identify important but highly reactive intermediates. Knowing the nature and fate of these intermediates is of great value for formulating reaction mechanisms and, once the mechanism is known, optimizing the process of interest. A few days spent with such equipment generates a great wealth of experimental data, often requiring a month or more to analyze and decipher. In three days, it is certainly possible to uncover many facets of a chemical or biochemical process. However, deep investigation into complex reaction mechanisms demands regular bursts of experimentation. Such equipment is extremely expensive, requiring constant attention by specialists, and can be difficult to operate properly. More often than not, more than one instrument is needed to tackle a particular research project. Data analysis brings additional difficulties and misinterpretations are common.


Triplet State Photophysical Property Triplet Excited State Pulse Radiolysis Laser Flash Photolysis 
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