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We demonstrate new fluorophore-labelled materials based on acrylamide and on oligo (ethylene glycol)(OEG) bearing thermoresponsive polymers for sensing purposes and investigate their thermally induced solubility transitions. It is found that the emission properties of the polarity-sensitive (solvatochromic) naphthalimide derivative attached to three different thermoresponsive polymers are highly specific to the exact chemical structure of the macromolecule. While the dye emits very weakly below the LCST when incorporated into poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)(pNIPAm) or into a polyacrylate backbone bearing only short OEG side chains, it is strongly emissive in polymethacrylates with longer OEG side chains. Heating of the aqueous solutions above their cloud point provokes an abrupt increase of the fluorescence intensity of the labelled pNIPAm, whereas the emission …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2013

Sahika Inal, Jonas D Kölsch, Leonardo Chiappisi, Dietmar Janietz, Michael Gradzielski, André Laschewsky, Dieter Neher

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Volume: 1 Issue: 40 Pages: 6603-6612
Journal of Materials Chemistry C