Ozone-Induced Chemiluminescence of Organic Compounds

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Science  16 Dec 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3755, pp. 1454-1456
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3755.1454


Chemiluminescence was observed when organic compounds in a dry state,as well as in organic solvents, were exposed to ozone in oxygen. The peak intensity of the light emission is related quantitatively to the amount of compound. Many compounds can be identified by this method, and some are listed. Sensitivity of detection approximates that of fluorescence methods and extends to less-than- nanogram quantities for some compounds. Ozoneinduced chemiluminescence of compounds in acetone solution was less sensitive than it was in the dry analysis.