Journal of Polymer Research

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 477–482 | Cite as

Fluorescent poly(p-phenylene vinylene)/poly(ethylene oxide) nanofibers obtained by electrospinning

  • Yi Xin
  • Zonghao Huang
  • Zijiang Jiang
  • Liguang Che
  • Man Sun
  • Cheng Wang
  • Sidong Liu
Original Paper


Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) hybrid nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning a composite solution of PPV precursor/PEO in a mixture of ethanol and water, followed by thermal conversion. The precursor/PEO composite solutions were successfully electrospun into nanofibers with diverse helical, helical and linear, and helical bead-on-string morphologies by controlling the amount of aqueous PEO solution in a composite solution. Moreover, adding aqueous PEO solution to a precursor ethanol solution decreased the diameters of the fibers. The experimental data suggest that the viscosity, conductivity, and surface tension of the electrospinning solution are the main factors that influence the morphology of the fibers. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) investigations indicated that the PPV precursor reacts with PEO during thermal conversion. Ultraviolet–visible (UV-vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the PPV-PEO nanofibers exhibited appreciable blue shifts with the addition of PEO, which made it possible to fabricate nanofibers with fluorescence ranging from yellow-green to blue. These highly fluorescent PPV/PEO nanofibers with various morphologies are potentially interesting for many applications, such as micro- and nanooptoelectronic devices and systems.


Electrospinning Nanofibers Semiconductors Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant: 20872030 and 20774017), and the Analysis and Testing Foundation of Northeast Normal University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi Xin
    • 1
  • Zonghao Huang
    • 1
  • Zijiang Jiang
    • 2
  • Liguang Che
    • 1
  • Man Sun
    • 1
  • Cheng Wang
    • 3
  • Sidong Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryNortheast Normal UniversityChangchunPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Changchun Institute of Applied ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesChangchunPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry and Materials ScienceHeilongjiang UniversityHarbinPeople’s Republic of China

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