Fluorescence lifetimes (τF) of acridine have been measured in water-alcohol solvent mixtures at room temperature. The τF of acridine in pure water (11.5 ± 0.1 ns) was drastically decreased upon the addition of small amounts of alcohol; i.e. τF = 1.2 ± 0.01 ns in 0.5 mole fraction of ethanol in water and τF = 0.4 ± 0.01 ns in pure ethanol. The extent of the decrease in τF becomes more evident in the following order: methanol < ethanol < propan-1-ol. This is the order of increasing hydrophobic interaction between alcohols and acridine, suggesting that alcohol molecules preferentially solvate acridine in water. Such an observation has been discussed in terms of the degree of preferential solvation.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society - Faraday Transactions|
|Publication status||Published - 1996 Jan 21|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry