Journal or Book Title
Journal of Physical Chemistry B
The coexistence of different excited states with different properties of the same chromophores could have significant consequences for the accurate characterization of solvation dynamics in a heterogeneous environment, such as a protein. The purpose of this work is to study the contributions of the locally excited (LE) and charge-transferred (CT) states of the fluorescent probe molecule 6-propionyl-2-(N,N-dimethylamino)naphthalene (PRODAN) to its solvation dynamics in the heterogeneous environment provided by reverse micelles formed by sodium 1,4-bis-(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/n-heptane/water. We have found that the LE and CT states of PRODAN solvate on different time scales in reverse micelles (2 and ∼0.4 ns, respectively), consistent with results suggested in the literature, and have concluded that PRODAN’s use as a probe of heterogeneous environments must be used with caution and that, more importantly, the same caution must be exercised with any chromophore capable of emitting from different excited states.
American Chemical Society
Adhikary, Ramkrishna; Barnes, Charles A.; and Petrich, Jacob W., "Solvation Dynamics of the Fluorescent Probe PRODAN in Heterogeneous Environments: Contributions from the Locally Excited and Charge-Transferred States" (2009). Chemistry Publications. 567.