Self-Assembly of a Conjugated Triblock Copolymer at the Air-Water Interface
Stefan, Mihaela C.
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Controlling the self-assembly of highly luminescent conjugated polymers is essential for preparing various optoelectronic devices. In this study, a polyisoprene-b-polystyrene-b-poly(3-hexylthiophene) (PI-PS-P3HT) triblock copolymer was synthesized and readily self-assembled into network-like morphologies via dewetting at the air-water interface. Interestingly, the monolayer thick film displayed high photoluminescence (PL) as a result of successfully transferring the amorphous conjugated P3HT chains in the PI-PS-P3HT triblock copolymer from the solution state to the solid state. A model was proposed to illustrate the supramolecular organization of the PI-PS-P3HT monolayer. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of a hydrophobic conjugated block copolymer at the air-water interface, from which the conjugated polymer-based monolayer with highly efficient PL formed by dewetting was achieved.
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