The absorption and fluorescence behaviour of thionine dye in sodium decyl sulphate (sds) medium has been studied in detail. The transient spectra and kinetics of decay of semithionine species produced by photoreduction of thionine by ferrous ions has-been studied using flash photolysis technique. The results have been compared with those in neat aqueous medium and in sodium lauryl sulphate (sls) media published earlier. It was found that the decay of semithionine which is kinetically second order in neat aqueous medium becomes pseudo first order as in thesls medium; however unlike in the latter case, the pseudo first order rate decreases with increasing surfactant concentration at all concentrations of ferric ion. The effect of electrolyte concentration on transient semithionine spectra and decay kinetics has also been studied. It was found that with increasing NaCl concentration the transient absorbance decreases and the decay slowly reverts back to second order as in aqueous medium. Insds medium as compared tosls a much higher concentration of NaCl is needed for the reaction to become second order which is attributed to stronger binding of ferric ions to thesds micelles.
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