Synthesis of Functional Block Copolymers Carrying One Poly( p -phenylenevinylene) and One Nonconjugated Block in a Facile One-Pot Procedure

Florian Menk, Suyong Shin, Kyung-Oh Kim, Martin Scherer, Dominik Gehrig, Frédéric Laquai, Tae-Lim Choi, Rudolf Zentel

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Block copolymers composed of a MEH-PPV block and a nonconjugated functional block (molecular weights between 5 and 90 kg/mol) were synthesized in a facile one-pot procedure via ROMP. This one-pot procedure permits the synthesis of numerous block copolymers with little effort. Amphiphilic block copolymers were obtained via incorporation of oxanorbornene carrying a PEG side chain as well as via postpolymerization modification of a reactive ester carrying norbornene derivative with methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)amine. These amphiphilic block copolymers can be self-assembled into micelles exhibiting different sizes (60-95 nm), morphologies (micelles or fused, caterpillar-like micelles), and optical properties depending on the polymer composition and the micellization procedure. Furthermore, the reactive ester carrying block copolymers enabled the introduction of anchor groups which facilitated the preparation of nanocomposites with CdSe/CdZnS core-shell QDs. The obtained composites were studied using time-resolved photoluminescence measurements. The results revealed an increased interaction based on an accelerated decay of the QD emission for composites as compared to the mixture of the QDs with unfunctionalized polymers. © 2016 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2085-2095
Number of pages11
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 29 2016

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Acknowledgements: The authors gratefully thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1404 "Self-Organized Materials for Optoelectronics" as well as the Basic Science Research and Nano-Material Technology Development through NRF of Korea for funding. In addition, the authors thank the group of Prof. Kookheon Char from Seoul National University for providing the CdSe/CdZnS core-shell QDs.


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