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Keywords:

  • blue chromophores;
  • donor dyes;
  • fluorescence;
  • reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT);
  • thiazoles

Abstract

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The synthesis of two new monomers based on 4-hydroxythiazoles, with a non-classical chromophore structure similar to the luciferin dye of glowworms, is presented. These dyes are functionalized with methacrylates and copolymerized with methyl methacrylate using a RAFT polymerization process. The obtained polymers reveal PDI values below 1.2 and are characterized by NMR spectroscopy, SEC including a diode-array detector, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. In addition, thin films of the polymers are prepared by spin-coating and investigated regarding their optical properties.