Effect of alkoxy substitution on photophysical properties of poly(p-phenylenevinylene)

Geon Joon Lee, Dongho Kim, Jeong Ik Lee, Hong Ku Shim, Yong Wan Kim, Jae Cheol Jo

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The effect of alkoxy substitution on the photophysioal properties of poly(p-phenylenevinylene) [PPV] was investigated using steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence, visible and infrared absorption spectroscopies. By substituting the alkoxy group (methoxy or butoxy) into the phenylene ring of PPV, the prolongation of effective conjugation length accompanied by the disappearance of the well-resolved vibronic structure was detected in the absorption spectra. These experimental results were attributable to the electron donating effect and the steric hindrance of the alkoxy substituent. These conjectures were compared with the effect of the alkoxy substitution on the photoluminescence and the Fourier-transform infrared spectra. Also, it was found that, alkoxy substitution slowed down the exciton relaxation process from the lower exciton state to the ground state, and lowered the height of the potential barrier in an excitonic potential well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number1 A
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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