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Effect of Polymer Chain Folding on the Transition from H- to J‑Aggregate Behavior in P3HT Nanofibers

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posted on 30.01.2014, 00:00 by Mina Baghgar, Joelle A. Labastide, Felicia Bokel, Ryan C. Hayward, Michael D. Barnes
A combination of wavelength-, time-, and polarization-resolved photoluminescence imaging on isolated P3HT nanofibers of varying molecular weight (from 10 to 65 kDa) has revealed a transition in dominant exciton coupling from primarily interchain (H-aggregation) for low molecular weight nanofibers, to predominantly intrachain (J-aggregation) coupling for high molecular weight nanofibers. Based on nanofiber width measurement from TEM imaging, the driving force for this transition appears to be folding of individual polymer chains within the lamellae, resulting in enhanced chain planarity and reduced torsional disorder.