Papers Published

  1. Tang, Yanli and Zhou, Zhijun and Ogawa, Katsu and Lopez, Gabriel P. and Schanze, Kirk S. and Whitten, David G., Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Photophysical Behavior of Oligo Phenylene Ethynylenes: From Molecular to Supramolecular Properties, LANGMUIR, vol. 25 no. 1 (January, 2009), pp. 21--25 [doi] .
    (last updated on 2010/02/08)

    A pair of cationic phenylene ethynylene oligomers (OPEs) have been synthesized, and their optical properties have been studied in solution with and without added scaffold materials, including carboxymethylcellulose, carboxym-ethylamylose, and Laponite. The OPEs are strongly fluorescent in methanol solution, but in water, the fluorescence yield is suppressed. The addition of scaffolds to aqueous solutions of OPEs leads to a red shift in the absorption and in most cases a significant increase in the fluorescence quantum yield. The effects most likely arise because of template-induced formation of linear J-dimers or possibly because of planarization, which give rise to an effective increase in the conjugation length of OPEs.