The photocatalytic activity of self-cleaning glass is assessed using a resazurin (Rz) photocatalyst activity indicator ink, i.e. Rz paii, via both the rate of change in the colour of the ink (blue to pink), R(Abs), and the rate of change in the fluorescence intensity, R(Fl), (λ(excitation) = 593 nm; λ(emission) = 639 nm) of the ink. In both cases the kinetics are zero order. Additional work with a range of glass samples of different photocatalytic activity reveal R(Abs) is directly related to R(Fl), thereby showing that the latter, like the former, can be used to provide a measure of the photocatalytic activity of the sample under test. The measured value of R(Fl) is found to be the same for 5 pieces of, otherwise identical, selfcleaning glass with: black, red, blue, yellow and no coloured tape stuck to their backs, which demonstrates that R(Fl) measurements can be used to measure photocatalytic activity under conditions of high colour and opacity under which R(Abs) cannot be measured. The relevance of this novel, fluorescence-based paii to the assessment of the activity of highly coloured, opaque photocatalytic samples, such as paints and tiles, is discussed briefly.
|Journal||Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry|
|Early online date||25 Jul 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Nov 2016|
Mills, A., Yusufu, D., Wells, N., & O'Rourke, C. (2016). Assessment of Activity of 'Transparent and Clear' and 'Opaque and Highly Coloured' Photocatalytic Samples using a Fluorescent Photocatalytic Activity Indicator Ink, FPaii. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 330, 90-94. https://doi.org/0.1016/j.jphotochem.2016.07.019