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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5758140, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5758140
Research Article

Photophysical Behavior of Modified Xanthenic Dyes Embedded into Silsesquioxane Hybrid Films: Application in Photooxidation of Organic Molecules

1Departamento de Química, INQUISUR, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), CONICET, Av. Alem 1253, 8000 Bahía Blanca, Argentina
2Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Godoy Cruz 2290, C1425FQB CABA, Argentina
3Departamento de Química, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Campus Universitario, 5800 Río Cuarto, Argentina

Correspondence should be addressed to María Lorena Gómez; ra.ude.crnu.axe@zemoglm

Received 30 April 2017; Revised 27 June 2017; Accepted 16 July 2017; Published 16 August 2017

Academic Editor: Leonardo Palmisano

Copyright © 2017 Carolina V. Waiman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Polymeric materials based on a bridged silsesquioxane with pendant dodecyl chains were synthesized and modified with different xanthenic dyes with the aim of developing a material with potential application in photooxidation of organic compounds. The employed dyes constitute a family of novel xanthenic chromophores with outstanding properties as singlet oxygen photosensitizers. The hybrid matrix was chosen for its enhanced properties such as flexibility and chemical resistance. The employed dyes were easily incorporated into the hybrid polymer obtaining homogeneous, transparent, and low-refractive-index materials. The polymeric films were characterized using UV-Vis absorption, fluorescence, and laser flash photolysis techniques. The ability of these materials to produce singlet oxygen was tested following the photooxidation of 9,10-dimethylanthracene which is a well-known chemical trap for singlet oxygen. High photooxidation efficiencies were observed for these materials, which present the advantage of being easily removed/collected from the solution where photooxidation takes place. While photobleaching of the incorporated dyes is commonly observed in the solution, it takes place very slowly when dyes are embedded in the hybrid matrix. These properties bode well for the potential use of these materials in novel wastewater purification strategies.