PPS issue 8 is now online; you can read the issue here. The front cover highlights work from Seiji Tobita and co-workers in Japan. Their paper demonstrates that a coumarin analogue 8-methoxy-4-methyl-2H-benzo[g]chromen-2-one (MMBC), is almost non-fluorescent in non-polar media, whereas it exhibits dramatically enhanced fluorescence in polar protic solvents. The team investigate the mechanistic features of the significant solvent effects on the fluorescence properties of MMBC and a related compound using time-resolved fluorescence and photoacoustic measurements and by theoretical calculations.
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Remarkable fluorescence enhancement of benzo[g]chromen-2-ones induced by hydrogen-bonding interactions with protic solvents
Atsushi Kobayashi, Kazuyuki Takehira, Toshitada Yoshihara, Seiichi Uchiyama and Seiji Tobita
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2012, 11, 1368-1376, DOI: 10.1039/C2PP25055A