We report photophysical properties of individual chains of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV in a concentrated solution of polystyrene. MEH-PPV chains diffusing freely in the solution show no fluorescence blinking and reduced photobleaching. Adsorption of the chains onto a substrate in the solution leads to 34% decrease in fluorescence intensity (quantum efficiency), five-fold increase in the rate of photobleaching and appearance of blinking. The blinking is often a two-state process caused by a reversible interaction with a single quencher. The interaction causes quenching of a substantial length of the extended MEH-PPV chain.
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