Impact of micelle ionic electrical double layer structure on the excited state protolytic reaction in the fluorescent probe bound to the colloidal nanoparticles.
ABSTRACT The fluorescent probe, 2-hydroxynaphthalene(dodecylo)-6-sulfonamide (NSDA) bound selectively to shear plane of various electrostatic charges was synthesized and its photophysical properties have been investigated by means of steady state fluorescence and nanosecond time-resolved spectroscopy. Our experimental data allowed us to determine the excited state proton transfer (ESPT) rate and equilibrium constants of NSDA bound to micelles and to estimate the electric potential value (Ψ) at the particle surface. The spatial dependence of proton movement velocity through electric double layer (EDL) of micelles has been thoroughly analyzed. In this article, a new approach of estimating the values of the micelle potential (Ψ(R)) from the excited state proton transfer rate constant of the fluorescent probe bound at a certain distance (R) to a micellar surface has been proposed. The Ψ(R) values, obtained in this way, are compared with electrophoretic values of the particle potential (ζ). Our results on electrophoretic potentials and the reaction course of the ESPT in colloidal environment may contribute to a deeper understanding of micellar interactions and behavior of the living cells in contact with various diluted substances such as pharmacological drugs, hormones, proteins, and other colloidal particles.