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November 11, 2009
Functional Polymers: A New Class of Heat-Resistant and Fluorescent Polymers
Shotaro Yukawa, Akitoshi Omayu, and Akikazu Matsumoto*
Vinyl polymers with fluorescent chromophores in their side chain can be conveniently prepared by chain polymerizations, but they lack thermal stability as compared with heat-resistant condensation polymers. In analogy to the alternating copolymerization of N-alkylmaleimides (RMI) with isobutene (IB), which yields high-molecular-weight copolymers [poly(RMI-alt-IB)s] with excellent thermal stabilities, Akikazu Matsumoto and co-workers designed poly(RMI-alt-IB)s containing pyrenyl and alkynylpyrenyl moieties in the side chain. Due to their superior transparency and mechanical properties along with the excellent thermal stability these RMI-IB copolymers modified by a fluorophore in the side chain can be considered as the new type of heat-resistant and fluorescent polymers.
Macromol. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1002/macp.200900326
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