Assembling and orientation of polyfluorenes in solution controlled by a focused near-infrared laser beam

Sadahiro Masuo, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Heinz Georg Nothofer, Andrew C. Grimsdale, Ullrich Scherf, Klaus Müllen, Hiroshi Masuhara*

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Abstract

Ordered fibril- and particle-like assemblies of poly(2,7-(9,9-bis(2- ethylhexyl)fluorcne)) can be formed by photon force of a focused near-infrared laser beam during the drying process of its tetrahydrofuran solution on a glass substrate. These formations have been achieved controllably by combining laser irradiation with convection in the cast solution; that is, when viscous drag of the solution in the convection is stronger than the photon force, the fibril-like assemblies can be formed. Molecular orientation in the assemblies differs from that in self-assembled fibril-like structures, and maybe it can be controlled by the polarization direction of the focused laser beam. We have demonstrated that the length and width of the assemblies can be controlled by the irradiation time, the laser power, the concentration of the solution, and the convection rate in the solution. On the other hand, when the viscous drag of the solution in the convection is weak compared to the photon force, particle-like assemblies in which molecular orientation is controlled by polarization direction are formed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6917-6921
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume109
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Apr 2005

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