Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Studies of Polymer Systems

Part of the Springer Series on Fluorescence book series (SS FLUOR, volume 16)


This chapter discusses the potential of fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to study polymer systems. It introduces the technique and its variations, describes analysis methods, points out advantages and limitations, and summarizes FCS studies of molecular and macromolecular probes in polymer solutions, polymer gels, polymer nanoparticles, and polymeric micellar systems. In addition, a comparison with other experimental methods is presented and the potential of a combination with simulations discussed.


Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy Fluorescence microscopy Fluorescent probes Polymer solutions Polymer gels Polymer nanoparticles Polymeric micellar systems Translational diffusion 



The author acknowledges the support from the RWTH Aachen University and from the Zukunftskolleg, the Center of Applied Photonics, and the Graduate School of Chemical Biology at the University of Konstanz.


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  1. 1.Institute for Physical ChemistryRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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