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Size-Dependent Spectroscopic Properties and Thermochromic Behavior in Poly(substituted thiophene) Nanoparticles

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Nanoparticles are attractive nanomaterials, since they exhibit unique physical and chemical properties. We have found that poly(substituted thiophene) nanoparticles, ranging in size from several tens to hundreds of nanometers, exhibit size-dependent characteristic spectroscopic properties and thermochromic behavior, which can be explained by distorted polymer conformations in the surface layer (see graphic).

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