Optical Sciences

Biomolecules and nanostructures

The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter. Our current focus is on detection and sensing/imaging with an emphasis on the development of integrated photonics. We are part of Twente University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the MESA+ institute.


Effect of solvent on nanoscale polymer heterogeneity and mobility probed by single molecule lifetime fluctuations

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Vallee RAL, Tomczak N, Kuipers L, Vancso GJ, van Hulst NF
vol. 384 issues1-3: p5-p8 jan 19 2004

In this Letter, we address nanoscale heterogeneity in polymer mobility. Single molecule fluorescence lifetime fluctuations are exploited as a probe for local segmental dynamics in polymer films. Wide distributions in polymer mobility are observed, which depend on film fabrication, treatment and amount of solvent contained. Upon solvent evaporation mobile regions disappear, while more immobile regions settle, effectively increasing the glass transition temperature. Besides insight in polymer nanoscale dynamics and heterogeneity, our results bear specific relevance to photodynamic studies on single chromophores, where routinely polymer matrices are used for immobilization. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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