Photoluminescence quenching of a novel electroconductive poly(Propylene thiophenoimine)-co-poly(ethylenedioxy thiophene) star copolymer
Yonkeu, Anne Lutgarde Djoumessi
Ndipingwi, Miranda Mengwi
Ikpo, Chinwe Oluchi
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A generation 1 poly(propylene thiophenoimine)-co-poly(ethylenedioxy thiophene) (G1PPT-co-PEDOT) star copolymer, which exhibits a strong optical absorption over a broad range in the ultraviolet–visible (UV-Vis) region and with good electro/conductive properties, was chemically prepared for the first time. Synthesis of the star copolymer, G1PPT-co-PEDOT was confirmed by spectroscopic studies. Indeed, the disappearance of the very high intensity bands, C–H bending at α-position (687 cm−1), and C=N stretching (1620 cm−1) in the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) of G1PPT-co-PEDOT, which were initially present in the spectrum of the thiolated starting material, G1PPT, confirmed copolymerization. Furthermore, a large bathochromic shift in the onset wavelength of the UV-Vis absorbance spectra from 367 nm in G1PPT to 674 nm in G1PPT-co-PEDOT further attests of successful copolymerization. The electrochemical analysis of G1PPT-co-PEDOT achieved a highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level value of 5.3 eV, which is reminiscent of the value for an ideal electron-donor material. Photoluminescence quenching of up to 82% was observed in solution blends of the G1PPT-co-PEDOT star copolymer and N,N′-diisopropyl naphthalene diimide (NDI).