Determining the pH of 15-60 micron radius water droplets: A direct fluorescence probe

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We demonstrate that the fluorescence spectrum from water droplets containing the dye acridine can be used to accurately determine the pH of droplets in the radius range 15-60 mum and in the pH range 3-10. Using a laser pump wavelength of 355 nm and probing the fluorescence with a 0.5 m spectrograph and CCD detector. the particle size parameters are sufficiently large in this radius range that the fluorescence spectrum conforms to that of the bulk phase, permitting a direct unambiguous determination of droplet pH. This could provide a sensitive method for studying directly the uptake of acidic or basic reagents on aerosol droplets. (C) 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2002