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Electroactive and Photoactive Rod-Coil Block Copolymers: Self-Organization and Photophysical Properties

  • X. Linda Chen (a1) and Samson A. Jenekhe (a1)

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Two series of new electroactive and photoactive coil-rod-coil and rod-coil-rod triblock copolymers, poly (pentadecamethylene carboxester)-block - poly(p-phenylene benzobisthiazole) - block - poly (pentadecamethylene carboxester) (1), and poly(2,6-benzoxazole)-block poly(benzobisthiazole decamethylene)-block-poly(2,6-benzoxazole) (2), were synthesized, characterized, and used to investigate the self-assembly properties of rod-coil block copolymers. The progressive band narrowing of the absorption spectrum of thin films of 1 confirmed the effects of spatial confinement with increasing coil block size. Photoluminescence studies of thin films of 1 and 2 showed the effects of self-organization, annealing at 110 °C, block lengths, and composition on photophysical properties. Bilayer photoreceptors consisting of a layer of block copolymer as the charge generation layer and a layer of tris(p-tolyl)amine dispersed in polycarbonate as a trap-free hole transport layer were oberved to have high quantum efficiency, good photosensitivity and good dark decay.

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Electroactive and Photoactive Rod-Coil Block Copolymers: Self-Organization and Photophysical Properties

  • X. Linda Chen (a1) and Samson A. Jenekhe (a1)

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