Reversible thermochromic switching of fluorescent poly(vinylidene fluoride) composite containing bis(benzoxazolyl)stilbene dye

Suping Bao, Bin Fei, Jianhua Li, Xing Yao, Xinkun Lu, John Haozhong Xin

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A series of fluorescent composites was prepared via melt compounding poly(vinylidene fluoride) with 4,4′-bis(2-benzoxazolyl)stilbene. The composite containing moderate amount of the stilbene (e.g. 0.5 wt%) exhibited a reversible thermochromic transition between blue and green fluorescence. The composite emitted green light upon UV excitation at room temperature, while it changed to blue at the temperature above the melting point of the poly(vinylidene fluoride). Upon cooling to room temperature, an intense green emission was regenerated. Such a conversion between green and blue shades was reproducible via repeated heating and cooling cycles. This thermochromic switching was found to originate from the dispersion of dye molecules in the composite.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalDyes and Pigments
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2013


  • Bis(benzoxazolyl)stilbene
  • Composite
  • Fluorescence
  • Poly(vinylidene fluoride)
  • Reversible
  • Thermochromism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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