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Photochemical and photophysical properties of phenothiazinic dyes at the interface of metallic nanoparticles

Grant number: 19/26919-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2020
Effective date (End): October 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal researcher:Iseli Lourenço Nantes Cardoso
Grantee:Victor Hladkyi Toledo
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/02317-2 - Interfaces in materials: electronic, magnetic, structural and transport properties, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):22/07342-3 - Investigation of the mechanisms for the methylene blue photochemistry in bile salts aggregates and organic solvents using laser flash photolysis, BE.EP.DD


Methylene blue and other thiazine dyes have relevance in a variety of applications covering the biological, materials, bioelectronics, and energy fields. Previous and ongoing studies in our laboratory have shown that the aggregate states of thiazine compounds acquire the property of stabilizing photochemically generated radical species. In the case of methylene blue, the stabilization of the leuco form when the dye is aggregated in the resin and collagen matrix allows its use as a reducing agent for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. In the case of phenothiazines, the aggregate states stabilize the photochemically generated radical/reduced form cation such that each species can be catalytically used as oxidizing and reducing agents, respectively. Another exciting aspect of thiazine compounds is the formation of different types of aggregates, those of type J and H, which have specific luminescent properties. More recently, the energy applications of phenothiazines have been evidenced by the ability to transfer holes (h) of phenothiazines to conjugated aromatic compounds. In the present project, we aim to characterize the properties of the thiazine molecule aggregate states in different types of gold nanostructures, i.e., spherical nanoparticles larger than and equal to 10 nm in diameter, anisotropic urchin nanoparticles, nanoplates and nanorods of gold. Phenothiazine molecules to be studied in combination with the gold nanostructures will be methylene blue, phenothiazine nucleus (PHT), phenaniline, and the antipsychotics thioridazine, fluphenazine and trifluoperazine. Aggregate states will be investigated by UV-visible and FTIR-ATR spectroscopy, circular dichroism, and XPS. For the characterization of the photophysical properties, the techniques of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and SQUID will be used. The photochemical properties will be investigated by spectroelectrochemistry. (AU)

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GABRIEL G. DE TOLEDO; VICTOR H. TOLEDO; ALEXANDRE J.C. LANFREDI; MARCIA ESCOTE; ANA CHAMPI; MARIA CRISTINA C. DA SILVA; ISELI L. NANTES-CARDOSO. Promising Nanostructured Materials against Enveloped Virus. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 92, n. 4, p. -, . (17/02317-2, 19/26919-7)

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