A fluorescence study of the structure and kinetics of eumelanin formation

Jens Sutter, Tereza Bidlakova, Vlastimil Fidler, Jan Karolin, David Birch

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


Melanin is an important pigment present in skin, hair, the eye and the brain. Although the constituents of melanin are quite well-known, its detailed structure has so far eluded all types of spectroscopy. Here we use Thioflavin T (ThT) fluorescence to provide evidence for a sheet like structure and reveal for the first time eumelanin’s synthesis kinetics. Using the dye Congo Red, we support the kinetics seen with ThT.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2011
EventMAF 11 -
Duration: 6 Sep 20099 Sep 2009


OtherMAF 11


  • eumelanin
  • fluorescence
  • thioflavin T
  • Congo Red

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