A versatile method for the determination of photochemical quantum yields: Via online UV-Vis spectroscopy

Eduard Stadler*, Anna Eibel, David Fast, Hilde Freißmuth, Christian Holly, Mathias Wiech, Norbert Moszner, Georg Gescheidt

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We have developed a simple method for determining the quantum yields of photo-induced reactions. Our setup features a fibre coupled UV-Vis spectrometer, LED irradiation sources, and a calibrated spectrophotometer for precise measurements of the LED photon flux. The initial slope in time-resolved absorbance profiles provides the quantum yield. We show the feasibility of our methodology for the kinetic analysis of photochemical reactions and quantum yield determination. The typical chemical actinometers, ferrioxalate and ortho-nitrobenzaldehyde, as well as riboflavin, a spiro-compound, phosphorus- and germanium-based photoinitiators for radical polymerizations and the frequently utilized photo-switch azobenzene serve as paradigms. The excellent agreement of our results with published data demonstrates the high potential of the proposed method as a convenient alternative to the time-consuming chemical actinometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-669
Number of pages10
JournalPhotochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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