Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The effect of polymer matrices on a photoinduced rearrangement process has been shown to be dependent upon whether the photoreactive group is attached to a polymer backbone, or free. If diphenylcarbonate is simply embedded in a polymer matrix, the rearrangement process is independent of whether the host film is above or below its glass transition. However, if the diphenylcarbonate group is incorporated as part of a polycarbonate backbone, the Fries rearrangement process is significantly reduced for photolyses conducted at temperatures well below the glass transition of polycarbonate. The utility of fluorescence spectroscopy in identification of the initial salicylate type photo-Fries type rearrangement product of polycarbonate is also demonstrated. The broad, structureless fluorescence spectrum with peak maximum at 470 nm produced by photolysis of polycarbonate films for short time periods is assigned to emission from phenyl salicylate type photoproducts. © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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