We measured the fluorescence emission spectrum and intensity decays of methylcyclohexane (MCH) when excited by simultaneous absorption of two photons at 298 nm. The steady‐state intensities and lifetimes were both decreased by methanol, which was found to be an efficient quencher of MCH fluorescence. Methanol quenching of MCH is clearly dynamic, but the exact mechanism of quenching is unclear. Dynamic quenching of MCH was also observed by water and n‐propanol. These results suggest that alkane fluorescence from biopolymers, if observable, will only occur from regions of the macromolecules that are not exposed to water.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1995|