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On the factors influencing the chiroptical response of conjugated polymer thin films

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Beth Laidlaw, Dr Julien EngORCiD, Professor Thomas Penfold



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We study the influence of the physical and chemical structure on the chiroptical response of fluorene-based polymeric systems, namely poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (PFO) and the donor-acceptor type copolymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene- alt-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT). We reveal the significance of electric-magnetic coupling, at both short (molecular-level) and intermediate (delocalised over multiple polymer chains) length scales, on the magnitude of the dissymmetry. These findings provide a framework for the design of new materials with an enhanced chiroptical response.

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Author(s): Laidlaw B, Eng J, Wade J, Shi X, Salerno F, Fuchter MJ, Penfold TJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Communications

Year: 2021

Volume: 57

Issue: 77

Pages: 9914-9917

Online publication date: 02/09/2021

Acceptance date: 02/09/2021

Date deposited: 02/09/2021

ISSN (print): 1359-7345

ISSN (electronic): 1364-548X

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/D1CC02918E


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