We report the synthesis of a new polythiophene (PT)-based molecular brush (PT-g-PDMA) by growing poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMA) chains from the PT backbone by ATRP. The polymer shows a reversible pH response in aqueous solution. A combination of AFM, light scattering, and 1H NMR measurements indicated that the polymer brush forms a more extended conformation with a decrease in pH from 8 to 2 due to the protonation of the Me 2N- groups and increased repulsive interactions among the PDMA side chains, which drives the red shift of the absorption and PL spectra of the PT backbone. The good solubility of this polythiophene-based brush in a wide range of solvents is attractive for the fabrication of functional polymer composites.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry