A new anionic conjugated polymer containing a fluorene group in the main chain was designed and synthesized from poly(2,7-(9,9′-dihexylfluorene)-5,5′-bibenzimidazole) (PFBI). The polymer showed strong blue emission with high quantum efficiency (0.64) at 450 nm in MeOH and the dramatic quenching effect by Methyl Viologen (MV2+). The fluorescence-quenching effect results from the weak complex formation between an anionic polymer and electron acceptors such as bipyridinium derivatives. The linear Stern–Volmer constant (Ksv) was 3.7×105 M−1 for MV2+. The newly synthesized polymer is expected to show the applicability for biological and chemical sensors. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 91: 900–904, 2004
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