• Paramasivam Natarajan

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    • Formation of fractals by the self-assembly of interpolymer adducts of polymethacrylic acid with complementary polymers in aqueous solution

      Kandhasamy Durai Murugan Arlin Jose Amali Paramasivam Natarajan

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      Interpolymer adducts of poly(methacrylic acid), (PMAA), with poly(vinylpyrrolidone) in presence of sodium chloride or potassium chloride form highly ordered fractal patterns in films on glass surface on drying at ambient temperature. The structure, morphology and the conditions under which the formation of fractal patterns occurs were investigated by SEM, EDX and confocal microscopic techniques. Self-organization of PMAA with complementary polymers such as poly(vinylpyrrolidone) is well-known and in the presence of sodium chloride formation of the fractals in films of the adducts is a novel observation. Fractal formation occurs due to the aggregation of interpolymer adducts. The composition of the fractals in the film is studied by EDX and confocal microscopic images of the fluorophores covalently bound to PMAA. In presence of salts, sodium chloride or potassium chloride, micellar like entities of 80 nm size were formed which further aggregate to form fractal patterns. It is suggested that the fractals result from the interpolymer adduct by Diffusion Limited Aggregation mechanism.

    • Photoprocess of molecules encapsulated in porous solids X: Photosensitization of zeolite-Y encapsulated tris(2,2'-bipyridine-nickel-(II)ion by phenosafranine adsorbed onto the external surface of the nanoporous host

      Karuppannan Senthil Kumar Sudha T Paramasivam Natarajan

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      Tris-(2,2'-bipyridine)-nickel-(II) complex ion encapsulated by zeolite-Y host has been synthesized by ship-in-a-bottle method. Photosensitization of nickel(II) complex (Ni(bpy)$^{2+}_3$) in the zeolite host by surface adsorbed phenosafranine dye was investigated by time-resolved fluorescence and absorption spectral measurements. Formation of nickel (II)-complex in the super cage of the host was ascertained by XRD, FTIR, solidstate NMR, diffuse reflectance UV-visible absorption spectroscopic techniques and ICP-OES measurements. Phenosafranine dye adsorbed on the external surface of zeolite-Y shows a decrease in fluorescence intensity with increased loading of the nickel(II) complex in zeolite-Y. Time-resolved emission studies show two excited state lifetimes for the photoexcited phenosafranine dye. Average fluorescence lifetimes of the dye in this case do not change with increase in the loading of the nickel(II) complex. However, relative contribution of short lifetime component increases when the amount of encapsulated nickel(II) complex is increased. The zeolite-Y host containing only bipyridyl ligand shows a marked decrease in fluorescence intensity. Fluorescence lifetimes of the dye however do not change with increased loading of bipyridyl while relative contribution of short lifetime component increases with an increase in the loading of bipyridyl in the host. This observation is interpreted to be due to electron transfer from the excited state of phenosafranine dye to the bipyridine. Picosecond pump-probe investigations confirm that the photoinduced electron transfer occurs from the surfaceadsorbed phenosafranine in the excited state to the nickel(II) complex within zeolite-Y cavity and also to the Ni(bpy)$^{2+}_3$ complex in contact with the phenosafranine dye co-adsorbed on the external surface of the host.

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