Journal of Fluorescence

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 749–757

Single Molecule Spectroscopy of Poly 3-octyl-thiophene (P3OT)

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10895-007-0186-0

Cite this article as:
Palacios, R.E. & Barbara, P.F. J Fluoresc (2007) 17: 749. doi:10.1007/s10895-007-0186-0


We report on the spectroscopy of isolated chains of P3OT, in a highly dilute solution in the inert polymer host poly(methyl–methacrylate) (PMMA). This environment permits a detailed analysis of emission transitions in the 1.9–2.2 eV range by suppressing the formation of the lowest emitting-energy aggregated form of P3OT. Herein it is observed that the 1.9–2.2 eV band is in fact split into low (red) and high (blue) energy forms in a highly analogous situation to that found for the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV. Another focus of this work is an investigation of the interaction of singlet and triplet excitons in P3OT. The results indicate that, like in MEH-PPV, triplet excitons are highly efficient fluorescence quenchers for P3OT, strongly quenching the fluorescence of P3OT under even relatively low excitation intensities.


Single molecule spectroscopyPoly 3-alkyl-thiophene (P3AT)Poly-3-octyl-thiophene (P3OT)Bimodal emissionSinglet–triplet interaction

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and TechnologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.AustinUSA