Solvation and aggregation of polyphenylethynylene based anionic polyelectrolytes in dilute solutions

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The absorption and fluorescence properties of a polyphenylethynylene based conjugated polyelectrolyte with sulfonate solubilizing groups (PP2) are shown to change dramatically with solution conditions because of the equilibrium between unaggregated and aggregated forms of the polymer. The fluorescence of PP2 is strongly quenched on addition of counterions such as Na+, K +, Li+, and TBA+, an effect which arises from the creation of salt stabilized aggregates. The formation of aggregates has been further corroborated by concentration and temperature studies in water and comparisons to dimethylsulfoxide solvent, in which the polymer does not aggregate. In aqueous solutions, die addition of the cationic surfactant, octadecyltrimethyl ammonium, causes the polymer aggregates to dissociate and creates polymer/surfactant aggregates that have spectral properties like that of the unaggregated polymer. © 2007 American Chemical Society.

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Journal of Physical Chemistry B