Chain length-dependent luminescence in acceptor-doped conjugated polymers

Pieter van der Scheer, Ties van de Laar, Joris Sprakel*

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Semiconducting polymers doped with a minority fraction of energy transfer acceptors feature a sensitive coupling between chain conformation and fluorescence emission, that can be harnessed for advanced solution-based molecular sensing and diagnostics. While it is known that chain length strongly affects chain conformation, and its response to external cues, the effects of chain length on the emission patterns in chromophore-doped conjugated polymers remains incompletely understood. In this paper, we explore chain-length dependent emission in two different acceptor-doped polyfluorenes. We show how the binomial distribution of acceptor incorporation, during the probabilistic polycondensation reaction, creates a strong chain-length dependency in the optical properties of this class of luminescent polymers. In addition, we also find that the intrachain exciton migration rate is chain-length dependent, giving rise to additional complexity. Both effects combined, make for the need to develop sensoric conjugated polymers of improved monodispersity and chemical homogeneity, to improve the accuracy of conjugated polymer based diagnostic approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11217
Number of pages12
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2019


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