|Title||A PPV/MCM-41 composite material|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2004|
|Authors||Pattantyus-Abraham, AG, Wolf, MO|
|Journal||CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS|
|Date Published||JUN 1|
Preparation of the conjugated polymer poly(1,4-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) inside the channels of the mesoporous silica MCM-41 is described. Polymerization was initiated inside the channels by deprotonated surface hydroxy groups. Presence of PPV was observed by infrared, absorption, and luminescence spectroscopy. A pore size reduction of 0.3 nm was seen in the composite material by nitrogen physisorption. A. polymer mass content of 8% indicated the presence of approximately 3-6 polymer chains in each pore. Electron energyloss spectroscopy of the composite revealed plasmon losses associated with the pi-electron system on PPV. Energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy showed that the polymer was evenly distributed throughout the composite material through mapping of the T-electron plasmon losses.