Fluorescent poly(p-phenylene vinylene)/poly(ethylene oxide) nanofibers obtained by electrospinning
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- Xin, Y., Huang, Z., Jiang, Z. et al. J Polym Res (2011) 18: 477. doi:10.1007/s10965-010-9439-8
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Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) hybrid nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning a composite solution of PPV precursor/PEO in a mixture of ethanol and water, followed by thermal conversion. The precursor/PEO composite solutions were successfully electrospun into nanofibers with diverse helical, helical and linear, and helical bead-on-string morphologies by controlling the amount of aqueous PEO solution in a composite solution. Moreover, adding aqueous PEO solution to a precursor ethanol solution decreased the diameters of the fibers. The experimental data suggest that the viscosity, conductivity, and surface tension of the electrospinning solution are the main factors that influence the morphology of the fibers. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) investigations indicated that the PPV precursor reacts with PEO during thermal conversion. Ultraviolet–visible (UV-vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the PPV-PEO nanofibers exhibited appreciable blue shifts with the addition of PEO, which made it possible to fabricate nanofibers with fluorescence ranging from yellow-green to blue. These highly fluorescent PPV/PEO nanofibers with various morphologies are potentially interesting for many applications, such as micro- and nanooptoelectronic devices and systems.