Conformational Transitions of Polymer Chains in Solutions Characterized by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
AbstractThe critical overlap concentration C* is an important concept in polymer solutions and is defined as the boundary between dilute and semidilute regimes. In this study, the chain conformational changes of polystyrene (PS) with both high (Mn = 200,000 Da) and low (Mn = 13,000 Da) molecular weights in cis-decalin were compared by intrachain fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The random labeling of donor and acceptor chromophores strategy was employed for long PS chains, whereas chain-end labeling was used for short PS chains. By monitoring the spectroscopic intensity ratio between acceptor and donor, the concentration dependence on chain conformation from dilute to semidilute solutions was determined. Both long and short chains exhibit a conformational transition concentration, above which the polymer chains begin to collapse with concentration significantly. Interestingly, for randomly labeled polymer long chains, such concentration is consistent with C* determined from the viscosity result, below which only slight conformational change of polymer chain takes place. However, for the chain-end labeled short chain, the conformational transition concentration takes place earlier than C*, below which no significant polymer conformation change is observed. View Full-Text
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Qin, L.; Li, L.; Sha, Y.; Wang, Z.; Zhou, D.; Chen, W.; Xue, G. Conformational Transitions of Polymer Chains in Solutions Characterized by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer. Polymers 2018, 10, 1007.
Qin L, Li L, Sha Y, Wang Z, Zhou D, Chen W, Xue G. Conformational Transitions of Polymer Chains in Solutions Characterized by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer. Polymers. 2018; 10(9):1007.Chicago/Turabian Style
Qin, Linlin; Li, Linling; Sha, Ye; Wang, Ziyu; Zhou, Dongshan; Chen, Wei; Xue, Gi. 2018. "Conformational Transitions of Polymer Chains in Solutions Characterized by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer." Polymers 10, no. 9: 1007.
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