Photoluminescent energy transfer from poly(phenyleneethynylene)s to near-infrared emitting fluorophores

Mindy Levine, Inja Song, Trisha L. Andrew, Steven E. Kooi, Timothy M. Swager

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Photoluminescent energy transfer was investigated in conjugated polymer-fluorophore blended thin films. A pentiptycene-containing poly(phenyleneethynylene) was used as the energy donor, and 13 fluorophores were used as energy acceptors. The efficiency of energy transfer was measured by monitoring both the quenching of the polymer emission and the enhancement of the fluorophore emission. Near-infrared emitting squaraines and terrylenes were identified as excellent energy acceptors. These results, where a new fluorescent signal occurs in the near-infrared region on a completely dark background, offer substantial possibilities for designing highly sensitive turn-on sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3382-3391
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjugated polymers
  • Fluorescence
  • Sensors
  • Thin films


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