Encapsulating light-emitting polymers in block copolymer micelles

Yeongri Jung, Robert John Hickey, III, So Jung Park

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Abstract

Conjugated polymers have excellent light-emitting properties that are useful for biological imaging and sensing applications. Here, we report a new way to form stable, water-soluble suspensions of conjugated polymers by encapsulating them in amphiphilic block copolymers. It was found that the folding property of conjugated polymers is a critical factor for solubilizing them into typical coil-coil block copolymer micelles. By introducing saturated bonds into conjugated polymers, they were readily encapsulated in block copolymer micelles, resulting in highly fluorescent polymer nanoparticles. The emission wavelength of fluorescent micelles can be tuned by controlling the number of encapsulated light-emitting polymers per micelle as well as changing the exciton delocalization length in conjugated polymers. This strategy has been extended to make multifunctional (i.e., fluorescent and magnetic) nanoparticles by encapsulating iron oxide nanoparticles in light-emitting polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7540-7543
Number of pages4
JournalLangmuir
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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