We investigated exciton migration, trapping and emission processes occurring within a single conjugated polymer molecule by means of superresolution fluorescence localization microscopy. This methodology allowed us to locate the spatial distribution of emitting sites within single chains with nanometre precision. The study was done on individual poly[2-methoxy-5- (2′-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) molecules with average molecular weights ranging from 215000 to 1440000 and with narrow weight distributions. We found that the mean emission intensity increases proportionally to the polymer molecular weight. The localization experiments suggest that the emitting sites are distributed nearly uniformly within a single chain and that the sites are on average 10 nm apart, irrespective of the molecular weight of the polymer. Furthermore, spatial contours formed by all the combined emitting sites within one chain show elongated shapes, in agreement with a rod-like structure of MEH-PPV in a collapsed state.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Physics and Astronomy
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry