Encapsulation and characterisation of cationic benzo[a]phenoxazines in zeolite HY

Güney O., Goncalves M. S. T., Fonseca A. M., Soares O. S. G. P., Pereira M. F. R., Neves I. C.

NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol.43, no.39, pp.15785-15792, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 39
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1039/c9nj03756j
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.15785-15792
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Different cationic fluorochromophores were sucessfully encapsulated by ship-in-the-bottle synthesis into supercages of zeolite HY. The cationic fluorochromophores are N-(5-amino-10-methyl-9H-benzo[a]phenoxazin-9-ylidene)ethanaminium (1a), N-(10-methyl-5-(propylamino)-9H-benzo[a]phenoxazin-9-ylidene)ethanaminium (1b), N-(5-(isopentylamino)-10-methyl-9H-benzo[a]phenoxazin-9-ylidene)ethanaminium (1c) and N-1-((5-(isopentylamino)-9H-benzo[a]phenoxazin-9-ylidene)propane-1,3-diaminium)monobromide (1d). The success of encapsulation was proved by TGA and N-2 adsorption analysis showing that zeolite Y is an excellent host for the stabilization of these fluorochromophores. Photophysical characterisation of encapsulated fluorochromophores by UV-Visible absorption and fluorescence confirmed their location inside the zeolite supercages. Thus, it was possible to develop a new approach to synthesize materials possessing benzo[a]phenoxazinium derivatives, which are potential optical sensors with high stability, without the need for solution synthesis of fluorochromophores.