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ISRN Materials Science
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 604132, 9 pages
Research Article

The Design of UV Absorbing Systems for Horticultural Applications

1School of Chemistry Food Science and Pharmacy, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AD, UK
2School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AD, UK

Received 17 June 2013; Accepted 12 August 2013

Academic Editors: I. Imae, M. Miritello, A. O. Neto, and D. Sands

Copyright © 2013 V. Mahendra 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.


The synthesis and fluorescence behavior of a series of bis(trisilylalkyl)anthracene molecules is described. The photodegradation of these molecules under UV light has been monitored and compared to a commercially available fluorescent optical brightener. There is a relationship between the structure and the rate of photo decay. The materials with more bulky substituents exhibit the greater stability towards UV. For bis(triphenylsilyl)anthracene the photostability appears to be comparable with a commercially available optical brightener, but the molecule may be susceptible to thermal decay.