Issue 46, 2016

Fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative-in-water microemulsions


A fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative with a high fluorescence quantum yield (65%) in the bulk state is reported. With this as the sole oil phase, stable luminescent oil-in-water microemulsions have been prepared. Increasing the loading of liquid pyrene swells the droplets, as detected by small-angle neutron scattering. These larger droplets have a greater proportion of pyrene excimer emission contribution in their photoluminescence spectra, which leads to a red shift in the chromaticity of the emission.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative-in-water microemulsions

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19 Feb 2016
13 May 2016
First published
13 May 2016
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Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 7344-7347

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Fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative-in-water microemulsions

M. J. Hollamby, A. E. Danks, Z. Schnepp, S. E. Rogers, S. R. Hart and T. Nakanishi, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 7344 DOI: 10.1039/C6CC01517D

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