Optical properties of calixarene polymers

Taeho Kim, Kyoji Komatsu, Okihiro Sugihara, Toshikuni Kaino, Hiroto Kudo, Tadatomi Nishikubo

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Polymers are attractive materials for optical waveguide applications due to their low cost, easy processibility and good flexibility. One of the highest priorities in the improvement of polymer optical waveguides is to develop new polymer materials possessing low optical loss, thermal stability, and refractive index controllability. Here, we present promising optical waveguide materials, i.e. calixarene polymers, which possess good optical and thermal properties. Calixarene polymer optical waveguides showed low optical loss (less than 1 dB/cm at 1.3 μm) and good thermal stability (5 wt% loss temperature: higher than 300°C). The control of refractive index of calixarene polymers was also achieved by copolymerization of calixrene with other comonomer. Calixarene molecules are originally known as an inclusion compound in host-gesut chemistry, which can bind various metal ions and organic molecules. Thus, we also investigated the binding property of calixarene polymer against trivalent europium(Eu3+) complex which possesses excellent luminescent characteristics. An interaction, i.e. coordination structure, is established between calixarene polymer and Eu complex, which results in an effective suppression of concentration quenching of Eu complex.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganic Photonic Materials and Devices X
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr 21
EventOrganic Photonic Materials and Devices X - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 2008 Jan 222008 Jan 24

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOrganic Photonic Materials and Devices X
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Binding property
  • Calixarene polymer
  • Coordiantion structure
  • Europium complex
  • Luminescence
  • Optical property
  • Optical waveguide
  • Thermal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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