Two-photon absorption in aqueous micellar solutions

Han Young Woo, Dmitry Korystov, Alexander Mikhailovsky, Thuc Quyen Nguyen, Guillermo C. Bazan

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Addition of the surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate at concentrations above the critical micelle concentration increases the fluorescence quantum yield and the two-photon absorption cross-section of charged [2.2]paracyclophane chromophores containing pairs of D-π-D chromophores. The resulting spectra in the micellar solutions are very similar to those obtained for neutral isostructural analogues in toluene. The measured ηδ values are 1300 GM for 1C and 1920 GM for 2C, which are comparable or larger to those in toluene. These results highlight possible misleading interpretation of two-photon-induced emission for evaluating the concentration of labeled substrates used in two-photon microscopy and provide guidelines for designing molecular structures with optimized two-photon action cross-sections in water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13794-13795
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct 12
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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