Polyfluorene (PF)-based chiral alternating copolymers, i.e., PFPh and PFTh, were successfully synthesized to obtain high circular dichroism (CD) in pristine thin films. By tethering chiral side-chains to the fluorene moiety, the resultant PFPh and PFTh films intriguingly exhibited high CD even in pristine films, which was attributed to the relatively low steric hindrance between the repeating units and intermolecular interactions between the polymer chains. Compared to PFTh bearing a five-membered heteroaromatic thiophene monomer, PFPh containing a six-membered aromatic benzene monomer, showed significantly enhanced CD in an annealed film. Of particular importance, results of optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy can be used to assess the CD of a chiral polymer thin film after thermal annealing.
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