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Forster energy transfer in thin films of conjugated polymers and in solution

Mukherjee, A and Bagchi, B (2006) Forster energy transfer in thin films of conjugated polymers and in solution. In: Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society, 53 (1). pp. 153-160.


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Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) is routinely used to study equilibrium and dynamical properties of polymers and biopolymers in the condensed phases. It is now being widely used in conjunction with single molecule spectroscopy where one usually employs the Forster expression which predicts (1/R-6) distance dependence of the energy transfer rate. However, critical analysis shows that this expression can be of rather limited validity in many cases. We demonstrate this by explicitly considering a donor-acceptor system, polyfluorene (PF6)-tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP), where their sizes are comparable to the distance separating them. In such cases, one may expect much weaker distance (as 1/R-2 or even weaker) dependence. We also discuss recent application of FRET to study biopolymer conformational dynamics. We show that the well-known Wilemski-Fixman theory needs to be generalized to treat FRET at short separations. The utility of FRET in studying protein folding is also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society
Publisher: Chinese Chemical Society
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Chinese Chemical Society.
Keywords: Chemistry,Multidisciplinary.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2009 09:02
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:25
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/18717

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