Solvent-Induced Self-Assembly of a Meta-Linked Conjugated Polyelectrolyte. Helix Formation, Guest Intercalation, and Amplified Quenching


  • We gratefully acknowledge the United States Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DE-FG-02-96ER14617) for support of this work. Supporting information describing the synthesis, spectral characterization, and molecular weight analysis of mPPE-SO3, photophysical measurements, and methods used for principal component analysis is available on Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


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A water-soluble meta-linked poly(phenylene ethynylene) is shown to fold into a helical conformation in water. The helix is stabilized by solvophobic forces and π-stacking interactions. The metallo-intercalator complex Ru(dppz)(phen)22+ binds to the helical polymer via intercalation and the complex is highly luminescent when it is bound to the polymer (see Figure).