• Biswanath Mallik

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    • Semiconductive properties of biologically important compounds: Gas adsorption effect on vitamin A (alcohol and acetate)

      Biswanath Mallik Alpana Ghosh T N Misra

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      The change in semiconductive properties of vitamin A (alcohol and acetate) after adsorption of various vapours on its crystallite surface has been studied at a constant sample temperature. A rapid enhancement in the semi-conductivity has been observed. The rise in conductivity has been found to be exponential with increasing vapour pressure of the adsorbed gas. It has been suggested that charge transfer (CT) interaction may be responsible for such conductivity change. The adsorption process being efficiently reversible this CT complex is weakly bound.

      The biological implication of these observations is discussed.

    • Effect of adsorption of vapours on the electrical conductivity of some polyene semiconductors: adsorption and desorption kinetics

      Alpana Ghosh Biswanath Mallik T N Misra

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      The change in semiconductive properties of β-apo-8′-carotenal, astacene and methyl bixin on adsorption of various vapours on the crystallite surfaces has been studied at a constant sample temperature. The adsorption of vapours enhances the semiconductivity of the polyenes appreciably. This enhancement depends on the chemical nature and also on the pressure of the adsorbed vapour. The adsorption and desorption kinetics follow the modified Roginsky-Zeldovich relation. A two stage desorption process, the first stage of which gives a Lennard-Jones potential energy curve and is followed by a rate-determining transition over a potential energy barrier to the second stage of adsorption forming weakly bound complexes between the vapour molecules and the polyene crystallites, can explain satisfactorily the experimentally observed kinetic data.

    • Charge-transfer spectra of ferrocene in halocarbon solvents under photoexcitation

      Alfazuddin Thander Biswanath Mallik

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      The changes in the electronic absorption spectra of ferrocene in the halocarbon solvents chloroform and carbontetrachloride have been investigated under photoexcitation in nitrogen atmosphere. Photoexcitations have been made with monochromatic light (using an Xe-source and a monochromator), at intervals of a few nanometers in the spectral range 220–750 nm. Analysing the spectra by a modified method the position of the charge-transfer-to-solvent (CTTS) band has been located for both the solvents. The position of the CTTS band in the case of carbontetrachloride solution located (320 nm) by the present study is different from the previously reported value (307 nm), while from the previous studies the position of the CTTS band in the case of the spectra of ferrocene in chloroform was not clear. From the present investigation, the changes in spectra after photoexcitation studied as a function, the concentration of ferrocene in the solution and the time (duration) of photoexcitations, have been observed to be systematic. Using the position of the new band (320 nm) for the CTTS transition in the case of carbontetrachloride, ionization potential of ferrocene has been estimated and the estimated value has shown excellent agreement with the experimental value indicating the exactness of the newly located CTTS band position.

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