Study of thioflavin-T immobilized in porous silicon and the effect of different organic vapors on the fluorescence lifetime

Tanya Hutter, Nadav Amdursky, Rinat Gepshtein, Stephen R. Elliott, Dan Huppert*

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Abstract

Steady-state and time-resolved emission techniques have been employed to study the fluorescence properties of thioflavin-T (ThT) adsorbed on oxidized porous silicon (PSi) surfaces, with an average pore size of ∼10 nm. We found that the average fluorescence decay time of ThT, when it is adsorbed on the PSi surface, is rather long, τav = 1.3 ns. We attribute this relatively long emission lifetime to the effect of the immobilization of ThT on the PSi surface, which inhibit the rotation of the aniline with respect to the benzothiazole moieties of ThT. We also measured the fluorescence properties of ThT in PSi samples in equilibrium with vapors of several liquids, such as methanol, acetonitrile, and water. We found that the fluorescence intensity drops by a factor of 10, and the average decay time, measured by a time-correlated single-photon counting technique, decreases by a factor of 3. We explain these results in terms of liquid condensation of the vapors in the PSi pores, which leads to partial dissolution of the ThT molecules in the liquid pools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7587-7594
Number of pages8
JournalLangmuir
Volume27
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Jun 2011

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