Electronic transition process of fluorescence appearing in various organic polymers

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Abstract

Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) exhibit a photoluminescence (PL) band, which emits photons with an energy of around 4.3 eV when excited by photons with energies around 6.4 eV. The origin of this PL band has been assigned to α, β -unsaturated carbonyl. In this paper, the appearance of PL was examined for four kinds of polyolefin and four kinds of biodegradable polymers. As a result, it has become clear that all the polymers show a PL band with a PL excitation spectrum and a PL spectrum similar to those of the above-mentioned PL band in LDPE and PP. The decay profiles observed for these PL bands indicate that they are fluorescence. Furthermore, the intensity of the PL becomes weak for all the four polyolefin samples and the polylatic acid sample if ultraviolet photons were irradiated to the sample. Quantum chemical calculations carried out by assuming a model of α, β -unsaturated carbonyl have revealed that the PL originates in the π∗to π transition of electrons in the carbon-carbon double bond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials
Volume136
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Organic polymers
Photoluminescence
Fluorescence
Photons
Polyolefins
Low density polyethylenes
Polypropylenes
Biodegradable polymers
Carbon
Electron transitions

Keywords

  • Biodegradable polymer
  • Computational chemistry
  • Photoluminescence
  • Polyolefin
  • Quantum chemical calculation

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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