Journal article

Excitonic Processes in a Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Complex

David T Nitneth, James A Hutchison, Kenneth P Ghiggino

Australian Journal of Chemistry | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2020


In aqueous solution, a di-sulfonated phenylenevinylene polymer (DPS-PPV) forms a complex with non-ionic poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) leading to absorption spectroscopic shifts and a dramatic (6-fold) increase in DPS-PPV fluorescence intensity. Spectroscopic investigations demonstrate that the complexation with PVA and other neutral polymers results in conformational changes in the DPS-PPV chains that lead to the removal of non-fluorescent energy traps and results in the observed increase in fluorescence in the bulk solution. Single molecule fluorescence measurements of DPS-PPV chains dispersed on glass and in PVA films confirm that efficient exciton energy transfer occurs within each photo-exci..

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