Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1988, 53, 1-9

Photoinduced energy and electron transfer in micellar solutions of methylene blue

Viktor Řehák and Yvona Rybová

Department of Polygraphy, Institute of Chemical Technology, 532 10 Pardubice


In the micellar medium of sodium dodecyl sulphate the monomer-dimer equilibrium of methylene blue is shifted markedly in favour of the monomer. Methylene blue quenches the fluorescence of pyrene solvated in micelles, which is explained in terms of resonance energy transfer. Based on the theoretical model, the pyrene fluorescence quenching constant in the micelles was determined (kqm = 1.8 106 s-1) and the average pyrene-methylene blue interaction distance for the singlet-singlet energy transfer estimated. The T1Tn absorption of methylene blue is quenched by pyrene and tetrasodium salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA); the quenching rate constants corresponding to the electron transfer are 5 106 and 2.05 108 1 mol-1 s-1, respectively.