Photophysics of alloxazines on cellulose

Marek Sikorski, Ewa Sikorska, Igor V. Khmelinskii, Rafael Gonzalez-Moreno, José L. Bourdelande, Aleksander Siemiarczuk

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We report the UV-Vis absorption, fluorescence and transient absorption spectra of selected methylalloxazines adsorbed on cellulose from a polar solvent. The ground-state properties of these probe molecules in the cellulose matrix are similar to those in polar protic solvents. Fluorescence decay data allowed identification of three emitting species for every molecule studied, excluding 1-methyllumichrome which lacks the capacity to rearrange into an isoalloxazinic form. The short-lived emission component was attributed to the neutral form of the molecule, and the two longer-lived components were assigned to the two distinct deprotonated monoanionic forms resulting from dissociation at the respective N(3) and N(1) nitrogen atoms. The two monoanions coexist due to their very similar pKa values. Transient absorption experiments detected two species created by the laser pulse in these systems. The short-lived species was identified as the triplet excited state, and the long-lived species as the semireduced radical, formed by hydrogen atom or proton transfer from the glycosidic unit to the alloxazine carbonyl group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-720
JournalPhotochemical and Photobiological Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2002


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