Time evolution of monomers and aggregates of a polymethine dye probe the dynamics of model vesicles and micelles
•An anionic polymethine dye is incorporated in model bicationic vesicles/micelles.•In colloidal structures, absorption spectra detected dye monomers and H-aggregates.•In the presence of the lipid DDAB, H-aggregates slowly disaggregated into monomers.•A mechanism for the above disaggregation was proposed from kinetic/absorption data.•The dye sensed the exchanging dynamics of surfactant(s) between colloids and water.
An anionic polymethine dye (a fluoro-oxonol abbreviated FDID), which forms monomers and oligomers according to the surrounding medium, is used in this work to probe the stability and dynamics of bicationic colloidal nanostructures, namely micelles and vesicles. Using pure water as the reference solvent (medium 1), five aqueous colloidal media of the lipid–detergent system DDAB–DTAC (didodecyldimethylammonium bromide–dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride) were analyzed: pre-micelle DTAC media (2); pure DTAC micelles (3); DDAB–DTAC micelles (4); DDAB–DTAC vesicles (5); and pure DDAB vesicles (6). In systems 4–6, containing the double-chained DDAB, FDID showed a slow-dynamics disaggregation, H-aggregates → monomers. The kinetics of this transition was followed by running UV–vis absorption spectra along time. The transition lifetimes τ increased in the order τmedium 3 ≪ τmedia 4,5 < τmedium 6, reflecting the much faster mobility of the single-chained DTA+ long ion, as compared to that of the more hydrophobic, double-chained, DDA+. This paper showed that FDID can probe the exchanging dynamics of the DDA+/DTA+ long cations between the water phase and the colloidal nanostructures.
Graphical abstractTime-resolved absorption (plus turbidity) spectra of the dye FDID in DDAB vesicles, illustrating the slow-dynamics disaggregation: H-aggregate → monomer.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slide
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volume 280, 15 April 2014, Pages 54–62