Fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative-in-water microemulsions

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  • M. J. Hollamby
  • A. E. Danks
  • S. E. Rogers
  • S. R. Hart
  • T. Nakanishi

Colleges, School and Institutes


A fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative with a high fluorescence quantum yield (65%) in the bulk state is reported. With this as the sole oil phase, stable luminescent oil-in-water microemulsions have been prepared. Increasing the loading of liquid pyrene swells the droplets, as detected by small-angle neutron scattering. These larger droplets have a greater proportion of pyrene excimer emission contribution in their photoluminescence spectra, which leads to a red shift in the chromaticity of the emission.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7344-7347
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number46
Early online date13 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2016