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Structural property relationships in conjugated polymers
Author(s): P. Lynch; L. O'Neill; J. Whelan; M. McNamara; H. J. Byrne
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Paper Abstract

The synthesis of a series of PPV derivative polymers by the Wittig-Horner reaction is described. The structure of each polymer is varied and the effects of these variations on the optical properties is explored. The effects of alkyloxy side chains is observed between the PPV derivatives Poly(-p-phenylvinylene-co-2,5-bis-octyloxy phenylvinylene.) PPV-OPV and Poly (para-2,5-bis-(n-octyloxy)-phenylvinylene) POPV. The phenyl units of the soluble PPV derivative POPV are replaced by alternate naphthyl units in the polymer Poly(2,5-bis(n-octyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene-1,5-bis(n-octyloxy)-2,6-naphthylene vinylene) POPN-ONV and then fully by naphthyl units in Poly(2,6-bis-(n-octyloxy)-1,5-NaphthyleneVinylene) PONV. The addition of alkyloxy sidechains served to red shift the fluorescence emission as expected. The systematic conversion of phenyl to naphthyl units blue shifted the emission considerably while reducing the Stokes shift. There is evidence to suggest some localization of the pi electrons over the aromatic units of the polymer backbone. PONV is shown to have greater stability towards photo-oxidation then either POPV or PPV-OPV.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5826, Opto-Ireland 2005: Optical Sensing and Spectroscopy, (3 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.598779
Show Author Affiliations
P. Lynch, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
L. O'Neill, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
J. Whelan, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
M. McNamara, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
H. J. Byrne, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5826:
Opto-Ireland 2005: Optical Sensing and Spectroscopy
Gerard D. O'Sullivan; Hugh James Byrne; Enda McGlynn; Alan G. Ryder; Brian D. MacCraith, Editor(s)

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