Mass spectrometric investigation of the aggregation and coalescence of fullerenes in C60-modified poly(N-vinylcarbazole) by UV-laser ablation

Yu Chen, Zu En Huang, Rui Fang Cai, Bo Cheng Yu, Osamu Ito, Jun Zhang, Wei Wen Ma, Chao Fan Zhong, Li Zhao, Yu Fen Li, Lei Zhu, Mamoru Fujitsuka, Akira Watanabe

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The phenomena of aggregation and coalescence of fullerenes in the UV-laser ablation time-of-flight mass spectrometric investigation of C60-modified poly(N-vinylcarbazole) both in the positive and in the negative ion channels have been observed. The results indicate that in C60 chemically modified PVK (C60-PVK) copolymer the nascent fullerene fragments ruptured from main chain can easily coalesce into large fullerenes through collisions, whereas in the C60-doped PVK the aggregation and coalescence of C60 were relative weak due to nonbounding action and incomplete charge transfer behavior between C60 and PVK. Furthermore, the photoinduced electron transfer behavior between C60 and carbazole units in the C60 chemically modified poly(N-vinylcarbazole) in benzonitrile by laser flash photolysis at 355 nm has also been investigated. Efficiency of the anion radical of C60 in copolymer at 1080 nm is higher than that of the C60-doped poly(N-vinylcarbazole) polymers. The formation of a C60 radical anion may be ascribed to photoinduced electron transfer between C60 pendanted on the main chain backbone and the inter-, and intrachain carbazole units in the copolymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1185-1190
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jun


  • Aggregation and coalescence
  • Fullerenes
  • PVK
  • Photoinduced electron transfer
  • UV-laser ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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