Dansyl glycine This page summarizes the optical absorption and emission data of Dansyl glycine that is available in the PhotochemCAD package, version 2.1a (Du 1998, Dixon 2005). I reworked their data to produce these interactive graphs and to provide direct links to text files containing the raw and manipulated data. Although I have tried to be careful, I may have introduced some errors; the cautious user is advised to compare these results with the original sources.

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This optical absorption measurement of Dansyl glycine were made by R.-C. A. Fuh in the summer of 1997 using a Cary 3. The absorption values were collected using a spectral bandwidth of 1.0 nm, a signal averaging time of 0.133 sec, a data interval of 0.25 nm, and a scan rate of 112.5 nm/min.

These measurements were scaled to make the molar extinction coefficient match the value of 4,300cm-1/M at 338.5nm (Chen, 1968).

Original Data | Extinction Data


The fluorescence emission spectrum of Dansyl glycine dissolved in dioxane. The excitation wavelength was 300nm. The quantum yield of this molecule is 0.66 (Bramhall, 1986). This spectrum was collected by in the summer of 1997 using a Spex FluoroMax. The excitation and emission monochromators were set at 1 mm, giving a spectral bandwidth of 4.25 nm. The data interval was 0.5 nm and the integration time was 2.0 sec.

Samples were prepared in 1cm pathlength quartz cells with absorbance less than 0.1 at the excitation and all emission wavelengths to uniformly illuminate across the sample, and to avoid the inner-filter effect. The dark counts were subtracted and the spectra were corrected for wavelength-dependent instrument sensitivity.

Original Data | Emission Data


The fluorescence yield ranges from 0.07 in water to 0.66 in dioxane (Bramhall, 1986). The fluorescence yield also has been reported to be 0.065 in water (Chen, 1967).


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