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Journal of Polymers
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 325930, 9 pages
Research Article

Amphiphilic Fluorescent Well-Defined Living Polymer from Indole-3-Carboxaldehyde and 4-Bromo-1, 8-Naphthalic Anhydride: Synthesis and Characterization

1Department of Chemistry, Centre of Advanced Study, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India
2Department of Chemistry, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh 495009, India

Received 5 December 2013; Revised 25 January 2014; Accepted 28 January 2014; Published 10 March 2014

Academic Editor: Yeong-Soon Gal

Copyright © 2014 Ambika Srivastava et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We reported a well-defined amphiphilic fluorescent polymer bearing indole repeating units with naphthalimide pendants obtained by ATRP followed by chemical modification. The obtained polymer poly (N-allyl indole-2-(4-hydroxybutyl)-1, 8-naphthalimide) (PAIHN) was characterized by 1H NMR, FTIR, and GPC. The polymer showed a specific fluorescence emission maximum at 538 nm excited at 435 nm in aqueous solution. The amphiphilic nature of the polymer was investigated in aqueous solution using two spectroscopic methods, namely, absorption and emission spectroscopy. The Critical Miceller Concentration values obtained by UV-visible and fluorescence are in good agreement with each other. The micelles were characterized by TEM at concentration of 0.014 mg/mL. The polymer PAIHN prepared after tweaking exhibits green fluorescence at 538 nm due to the significant effect of naphthalimide moieties, whereas before tweaking the polymer poly (1-allyl indole-3-carbaldehyde) (PAIC) exhibits blue fluorescence at 425 nm due to indole repeating units of the polymer.