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    • Keywords


      Thioesculetin; m-chloroperoxy benzoic acid; absorption; fluorescence; desulfurization.

    • Abstract


      Thioesculetin (TE) is a sulfur analogue of esculetin. The UV-Vis absorption maximum of TE at 470 nm shifted to 357 nm in the presence of oxidising agent such as m-chloroperoxy benzoic acid (m-CPBA).With gradual increase in the m-CPBA concentration, the absorption band at 470 nm decreases while the band at 357 nm increases. The same system shows gradual increase in the fluorescence signal at 463 nm in the presence of m-CPBA. The fluorescence signal was unaffected in the presence of common anions and metal cations. Themechanism for optical signalling was due to the conversion of weakly fluorescent TE to fluorescent esculetin through desulfurization reaction. 13C-NMR shows strong evidence in support of the chemical conversion of TE to esculetin. TE may find applications to probe the redox environment in various chemical and biochemical processes.

    • Author Affiliations



      1. Department of Chemistry, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra 411 007, India
      2. Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 085, India
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