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.

Preparation of photochromic polymers by stereospecific copolymerization of trans-4-methacryloxyethylenoxyazobenzene and (-)-menthyl methacrylate

ALTOMARE, ANGELINA;CIARDELLI, FRANCESCO;SOLARO, ROBERTO
1991

Abstract

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.
Altomare, Angelina; Ciardelli, Francesco; Lima, R; Solaro, Roberto
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