Relation between intra-chain conduction and main-chain conformation of conducting polymers in solutions as studied by electric birefringence spectroscopy

Takeshi Shimomura, Yasuyuki Kimura, Kohzo Ito, Reinosuke Hayakawa

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Frequency domain electric birefringence spectroscopy has been applied to a typical soluble conducting polymer, poly(3-hexylthiophene), in dilute solutions in order to investigate the isolated single-chain dynamics of conducting polymers. From the results, the intramolecular conduction mechanism in a single conducting polymer chain is revealed without interference from the inter-chain one. The change in hydrodynamic diameter of the polymer chain with varying temperature or solvent species clearly indicates the occurrence of a single-chain conformational transition. Further, it turns out that there exist two kinds of carrier transport process along the polymer chain with different diffusion distances and diffusion constants, which reflect a disorder effect due to conformational defects on the one-dimensional polymer chain. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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