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Thermally induced suppression of interchain interactions in dilute aqueous solutions of conjugated polyelectrolyte rotaxanes and their analogues

Tregnago, G; Afshar, A; McDonnell, SO; Anderson, HL; Cacialli, F; (2017) Thermally induced suppression of interchain interactions in dilute aqueous solutions of conjugated polyelectrolyte rotaxanes and their analogues. Applied Physics Letters , 111 (8) 10.1063/1.4993457. Green open access

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Abstract

We use steady-state and nanosecond time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy to investigate the evolution of packing interactions in dilute solutions of a sulfonated poly(diphenylenevinylene) lithium salt and its cyclodextrin-threaded polyrotaxanes as a function of the threading ratio (TR) when increasing the temperature from 10 to 40 °C. Contrary to the expectation of a temperature-induced increase of packing and aggregation, supported by previous Raman studies identifying a temperature-induced reduction in the inter-phenyl torsion angles, we find clear spectral (photoluminescence blue-shift and narrowing) and dynamic (shorter lifetimes and reduced weight of the long-lived components) signatures of a reduction of interchain interactions for the polyelectrolytes at higher temperatures with TR up to 1.3.

Type: Article
Title: Thermally induced suppression of interchain interactions in dilute aqueous solutions of conjugated polyelectrolyte rotaxanes and their analogues
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1063/1.4993457
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.4993457
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1573393
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