Journal of fluorescence

Temperature-dependent time-resolved fluorescence study of cinchonine alkaloid dication.

PMID 17713845


Photo induced excited state dynamical processes of cinchonine alkaloid dication (C(++)) have been studied over a wide range of temperature using steady state and nanosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopic techniques. The temperature-dependent fluorescence studies of C(++) clearly indicate the existence of two distinct emitting species having their own characteristic decay rates. The shorter-lived species shows a usual temperature dependence with increasing non-radiative deactivation at higher temperatures, while the longer-lived species show features resembling to the excited state solvent relaxation process with a large solvent relaxation time (tau(r) approximately 6 ns). The species emitting in the lower energy side, having longer decay time is found to be more sensitive towards chloride ion quenching and has a charge transfer character. Further, concentration quenching with decrease in tau(r) of long lived species shows the possibility of energy migration along with solvent relaxation in C(++).

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