Time-resolved photoluminescence study of excited states in nanostructured melanin

A. O. Kostetskyi, Yu. P. Piryatinski, A. B. Verbitsky, P. M. Lutsyk, A. Rozhin

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Time resolved emission spectra (TRES), 3D maps of photoluminescence excitation-emission (PLE maps), 3D maps of TRES, and kinetics of photoluminescence (PL) spectra of natural and synthetic melanin, as well as melanin composites with surfactant, sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate, have been studied. The kinetics of PL and TRES for the melanin and the composites were investigated at low temperatures that allowed to discuss melanin’s intermolecular complexation, nano-aggregation and formation of charge transfer states. Particularly, the radiation of Frenkel excitons from fragments of different degrees of conjugation that are the parts of molecular nanodisks of melanin is observed. Furthermore, charge transfer excitons (CT-excitons) can be formed and observed at both room and helium temperatures. Some bands in the PL spectra of melanin, depending on temperature, behave like excimer radiation. The studies are aiming to understand the electronic properties of various melanins, particularly natural ones.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2020


  • 3D maps
  • CT-states
  • excimer radiation
  • low temperature
  • melanin
  • photoluminescence
  • time resolved emission spectra


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