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Keywords:

  • optical plastics;
  • monomer and polymer synthesis;
  • refractive index;
  • optical dispersion;
  • Abbe number;
  • diamondoid moieties;
  • adamantine;
  • diamantine;
  • vinyl free radical polymerization;
  • vinyl cationic polymerization;
  • chain transfer;
  • ATRP;
  • ellipsometry;
  • variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry;
  • VASE

Abstract

Soluble, colorless polymers containing pendant diamondoid moieties (adamantane and diamantane) were synthesized and characterized. The materials exhibited an unusual combination of moderately high refractive index with low optical dispersion. These properties may make the polymers valuable as specialty optical plastics. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013