OJOPM  Vol.2 No.4 , October 2012
Synthesis, Characterization and Photoinduced Cis-Trans Isomerisation Studies on Lignin Modified with 4-[(E)-2-(3-hydroxynaphthalen-2-yl)diazen-1-yl] Benzoic Acid
Abstract
In the present study, a photoresponsive chromophoric system such as 4-[(E)-2-(3-hydro xynaphthalen-2-yl)diazen-1-yl] benzoic acid was incorporated on to lignin core by functional transformation reactions and the photoresponsive beha-vior of the green, environment friendly product was investigated. The end hydroxyl group of lignin was modified with the chromophoric systems by DCC coupling. The chromophoric systems as well as the chromophore-bound biopolymer core systems were purified by column chromatography. The products were characterized by UV-visible, fluorescence, FT-IR and NMR spectroscopic methods. The results of the studies show that incorporation of the chromophoric system on to the lignin core enhanced the light absorption, emission and light stabilization properties of the chromophoric system. The light fastening properties of chromophoric system and the modified product were compared. It shows that stability of the chromophoric system greatly enhanced on attaching to the polymeric system. The trans-cis photoisomerisation and the reverse cis-trans thermal conversions were also assisted by the lignin core. The remarkable stability on irradiation shows that this is a novel photoresponsive system with excellent light fastening properties which would find application in coating materials, dyes, paints, inks, therapeutic agents and many more.

Cite this paper
A. Chandran, S. Kuriakose and T. Mathew, "Synthesis, Characterization and Photoinduced Cis-Trans Isomerisation Studies on Lignin Modified with 4-[(E)-2-(3-hydroxynaphthalen-2-yl)diazen-1-yl] Benzoic Acid," Open Journal of Organic Polymer Materials, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 69-74. doi: 10.4236/ojopm.2012.24010.
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