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Title: Fully soluble poly(p-phenylenevinylene)s via propagation control of the polymer chain conjugated lengths
Authors: Chen, Z.-K. 
Pan, J.-Q. 
Xiao, Y.
Lee, N.H.S.
Chua, S.-J. 
Huang, W. 
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2000
Citation: Chen, Z.-K., Pan, J.-Q., Xiao, Y., Lee, N.H.S., Chua, S.-J., Huang, W. (2000-03-01). Fully soluble poly(p-phenylenevinylene)s via propagation control of the polymer chain conjugated lengths. Thin Solid Films 363 (1) : 98-101. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: PPV and its alkoxy-substituted derivatives are a well-established class of materials for polymeric light emitting diode application. MEH-PPV (poly[2-methoxy-5-(2′-ethylhexyloxy)-p- phenylenevinylene]s), as a typical example of the solution processable conjugated polymer for PLED device fabrication, possesses good solubility in common organic solvents. However, gelation or micro-gelation always occurs during the polymerization process, especially when the polymer is prepared from the bis-bromomethyl monomer through the Gilch route. Herein, we present the synthesis of fully soluble MEH-PPV by the addition of molecular weight modifiers (chain stoppers or free radical scavengers) in the polymerization system. The polymers synthesized in this work were characterized by FTIR, NMR, UV-vis spectroscopy and GPC. The results indicate that the molecular weights of the polymers can be effectively controlled by the addition of chain stopper (benzyl bromide) or chain blocking antioxidant (2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol). The mechanism of polymerization in the presence of these additives is also discussed.
Source Title: Thin Solid Films
ISSN: 00406090
DOI: 10.1016/S0040-6090(99)01026-3
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