Improving photo-stability of conjugated polymer MEH-PPV embedded in solid matrices by purification of the matrix polymer

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For single molecule spectroscopy (SMS), molecules under study are usually immobilized in a polymer matrix e. g. poly(methyl methacrylate). We show a very significant improvement of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV photo-stability and decrease of the luminescence impurities concentration when the matrix is purified. We identify benzoyl peroxide (a common radical initiator) as a possible oxidizing agent which residuals in the polymer matrix destroy MEH-PPV. These results show that purification and selection of a matrix obtained by radical-free synthetic technique are of great importance for SMS as well as other technologies using polymer matrices as hosts for light-emitting materials. (C) 2014 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.

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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-145
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume599
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Chemical Physics (S) (011001060)