Synthesis, Characteristics, and Applications of Intrinsically Light-Emitting Polymer Nanostructures

  • Young Ki Hong
  • Dong Hyuk Park
  • Seok Ho Lee
  • Jinsoo JooEmail author
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 259)


Light-emitting π-conjugated polymers and their nanostructures have been intensively studied from the viewpoints of both fundamental research and optoelectronic applications. The characteristics of light-emitting polymer nanostructures, such as light absorption and emission efficiencies, can be tuned through chemical processing and by varying their physical dimensions. In this review article, recent progress in the synthesis, characterization, modification, and applications of light-emitting polymer-based nanostructures is presented. Various synthetic methods for light-emitting polymer nanostructures are introduced, and their intrinsic optical properties at a nanoscale level are summarized. Post-synthetic treatments for modification of the characteristics related to the morphologies and doping states are discussed. Finally, potential applications of these nanostructures to barcode/quasi-superlattice nanowires, biosensors, and nano-optoelectronics are presented.


π-Conjugation Barcode Biosensor Doping Electron beam Hybridization Hydrothermal Light-emitting polymer Nanoscale optical property Nanostructure Optoelectronics 









Conducting atomic force microscope


Charge-coupled device


Cyclic voltammetry


Dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid




Hybrid double-layered






Laser confocal microscope


Light-emitting color barcode
















[6,6]-Phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester








Scanning electron microscope


Surface plasmon resonance


Transmission electron microscope





This work was partially supported from the National Research Foundation (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MEST) (No. 2012R1A2A2A01045102).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Young Ki Hong
    • 1
  • Dong Hyuk Park
    • 1
  • Seok Ho Lee
    • 1
  • Jinsoo Joo
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsKorea UniversitySeoulKorea

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