Despite the fact that non-covalent interactions between various aromatic compounds and carbon nanotubes are being extensively investigated now, there is still a lack of understanding about the nature of such interactions. The present paper sheds light on one of the possible mechanisms of interaction between the typical aromatic dye proflavine and the carbon nanotube surface, namely, π-stacking between aromatic rings of these compounds. To investigate such a complexation, a qualitative analysis was performed by means of ultraviolet visible, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The data obtained suggest that π-stacking brings the major contribution to the stabilization of the complex between proflavine and the carbon nanotube.
Vol. 9, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Anatoly S. Buchelnikov, Galina I. Dovbeshko, Dmitry P. Voronin, Vladimir V. Trachevsky, Viktor V. Kostjukov, and Maxim P. Evstigneev, "Spectroscopic Study of Proflavine Adsorption on the Carbon Nanotube Surface," Appl. Spectrosc. 68, 232-237 (2014)