Photophysics of the chiral soluble polydiacetylene poly (9RMBU). Evidence for emission from short conjugated sequences

J. Morgan, Gary Rumbles, B. Crystall, T. A. Smith, D. Bloor

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Marked differences between the fluorescence excitation spectra and absorption spectra of the chiral, soluble polydiacetylene, poly(9RMBU) (9RMBU = (CH2)9·OCO·NH·C*HPhMe) dissolved in chloroform, suggests the existence of discrete conjugation sequences within the polymer backbone. The highest quantum efficiencies originate from conjugation sequences of 5 and 6 repeat units with longer sequences quenched by a non-radiative deactivation mechanism. The use of poor solvents and photodegradation of the polymer sample also provides strong evidence for efficient energy migration along the polymer backbone. The data support an intramolecular fringed micelle model for the R-form of soluble polydiacetylenes in solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-461
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 21 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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