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Title: Photophysical properties of hydroxylated amphiphilic poly(p-phenylene)s
Authors: Ravindranath, R.
Vijila, C.
Ajikumar, P.K. 
Hussain, F.S.J. 
Ng, K.L.
Wang, H.
Jin, C.S. 
Knoll, W.
Valiyaveettil, S. 
Issue Date: 28-Dec-2006
Citation: Ravindranath, R., Vijila, C., Ajikumar, P.K., Hussain, F.S.J., Ng, K.L., Wang, H., Jin, C.S., Knoll, W., Valiyaveettil, S. (2006-12-28). Photophysical properties of hydroxylated amphiphilic poly(p-phenylene)s. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 110 (51) : 25958-25963. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A homologous series of polyhydroxylated poly(p-phenylene)s with different alkoxy groups (C6PPPOH, C12PPPOH, and C18PPPOH) were synthesized with use of the Suzuki polycondensation reaction. Comparative studies of the structure correlation between their photophysical properties and film morphology is described. The absorption and emission spectra of polymers in solution and thin films showed similar features indicating that the electronic properties in solution were retained in the film state. Compared to the polymer with the short alkoxy chains (C6PPPOH), the polymers with long alkoxy groups (C12PPPOH and C18PPPOH) showed improved film forming properties with continuous and smooth film morphology. The absorption properties of the C12PPPOH showed an enhanced effective conjugation length and high quantum yield implying planarization of the backbone through alkoxy chain packing (C12H25O-) and potential hydrogen bonds. No overlap in the absorption and emission spectra was observed, which indicated minimized excimer formation or excitation energy transfer in the films. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements showed that the decay times increased from 43 ps (C6PPPOH) to 78 ps (C12PPPOH) and 99 ps (C18PPPOH). Electrochemical studies were performed for all polymers and the observed oxidation potential for C6PPPOH was higher than that of C12PPPOH and C18PPPOH. In addition, the C12PPPOH has the lowest band gap of ΔE = 2.59 eV when compared to the 3.1 (C6PPPOH) and 2.61 eV (C18PPPOH) gaps. The optical band gaps estimated from the absorption onset of the polymers are significantly higher than those obtained from electrochemical data. C 12PPPOH was chosen for investigating the charge carrier mobility by the time-of-flight (TOF) technique. The observed results also showed negative field dependent values of the drift mobility for the polymer C 12PPPOH. © 2006 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
ISSN: 15206106
DOI: 10.1021/jp061914w
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