Optically active polymers and copolymers
Stereoregular polymers and copolymers
Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
The synthesis is reported of a new photochromic monomer, trans-4-(2-methacryloxyethyloxy) azobenzene (MEAB), where the azobenzene chromophore is separated from the ester group by an ethylenoxy spacer arm. Comparative experiments show that trans-4-methacryloxyazobenzene (MAB), having the azobenzene group directly attached to the ester functionality, does not homopolymerize or copolymerize with (-)-menthyl methacrylate (MnMA) in the presence of different anionic initiators, whereas isotactic homopolymers and copolymers of MEAB can be obtained: the microstructure is described with reference to analogous atactic macromolecules.
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