Detailed picosecond Kerr-gated time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopy and time-resolved emission studies of merocyanine 540 in various solvents

Andrew C. Benniston, Pavel Matousek, Iain E. McCulloch, Anthony W. Parker, Michael Towrie

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Abstract

By using the unique fluorescence rejection method of Kerr-gating, detailed picosecond time-resolved resonance Raman experiments have been performed on the highly fluorescent photodynamic therapy dye, Merocyanine 540 (MC540). This has enabled collection of the first-singlet trans excited resonance Raman spectra of this dye in a range of protic and aprotic solvents of varying viscosity and polarity, as well as an organized reverse micelle. The detailed vibrational spectra support the idea that protic solvents form a H-bonded cluster around the oxygen groups of the thiobarbiturate group, which lock the group in position and hinder its rotation. In the reverse micelle containing hexane/AOT and a water pool (ωo = 32) the dye is orientated to permit the thiobarbiturate group to interact with water pool molecules. Using the Kerr-gate setup, time-resolved emission spectra of MC540 were also recorded in various solvents. The dye undergoes fast vibrational cooling (2-10 ps), which can be related to the solvent's thermal diffusivity. A second slower process (20-100 ps) also occurs, which is viscosity dependent and is associated with structural relaxation of the polymethine unit within the dye.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4347-4353
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume107
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 5 2003
Externally publishedYes

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