Synthesis of MDMO-PPV nanoparticles via in situ sulfinyl precursor route polymerization in miniemulsion

Anitha Ethirajan, Lien D'Olieslaeger, Joke Vandenbergh, Laurence Lutsen, Marc D'Olieslaeger, Dirk Vanderzande, Thomas Junkers

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A facile route to synthesize poly[(2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′,- dimethyloctyloxy))-1,4-phenylene vinylene] polymer nanoparticles (NPs) using the miniemulsion technique in combination with the sulfinyl precursor route polymerization is presented. The reaction conditions involving high temperature are overcome by using ethylene glycol as a polar continuous phase. Particles can be easily transferred into the water phase without the need for additional surfactant. The characteristic UV-vis absorption and the strong fluorescence exhibited by the polymer along with the molecular weight obtained prove the success of the synthetic strategy. Such in situ synthesis of PPV in the form of NPs can be extended to other conjugated polymers, opening new doors for synthesizing luminescent NPs that have tremendous potential in biomedicine and printable electronics. Synthesis of conjugated polymer nanoparticles (NPs) of poly[(2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′,- dimethyloctyloxy))-1,4-phenylene vinylene] by combining the sulfinyl route and miniemulsion is presented. This facile in situ synthesis route can be extended to other conjugated polymer particles and opens new doors for synthesizing functional luminescent NPs that have tremendous potential in the field of biomedicine and printable electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1859-1864
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • conjugated polymers
  • fluorescence
  • miniemulsion
  • nanoparticles
  • PPV
  • radical/anionic polymerization

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