Structural dependence of MEH-PPV chromism in solution

  • Carlos E. T. de Magalhães
  • Ranylson M. L. Savedra
  • Karina S. Dias
  • Rodrigo Ramos
  • Melissa F. Siqueira
Original Paper
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Brazilian Symposium of Theoretical Chemistry (SBQT 2015)


The chromism observed in the MEH-PPV polymer in tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution is discussed as a function of the structural morphology of the backbone chains. To evaluate this phenomenon, we carried out simulations employing a hybrid methodology using molecular dynamics and quantum mechanical approaches. Our results support the hypothesis that the morphological order–disorder transition is related to the change from red to blue phase observed experimentally. The morphological disorder is associated with total or partial twisted arrangements in the polymer backbone, which induces an electronic conjugation length more confined to shorter segments. In addition, the main band of the MEH-PPV UV–Vis spectrum at the lower wavelength is related to the blue phase, in contrast to the red phase found for the more planar backbone chains.


Organic semiconductor Molecular dynamics simulation Sequential QM/MM Spectroscopy Organic electronics 



We thank the Brazilian funding agencies CNPq, FAPEMIG, and CAPES, as well as the National Institute of Science and Technology on Organic Electronics (INEO/INCT) for financial support and fellowships. In addition, we are also grateful to Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP) for computational and partial financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Simulação Molecular de Materiais, Departamento de FísicaUniversidade Federal de Ouro PretoPreto–MGBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Polímeros e Propriedades Eletrônicas de Materiais, Departamento de FísicaUniversidade Federal de Ouro PretoOuro Preto–MGBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de FísicaUniversidade de São PauloSão Paulo–SPBrazil

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