Synthesis and photochemical transformations of an anthracene containing methacrylic copolymer
A new methacrylate monomer containing anthracene moiety connected with long flexible spacer was prepared and copolymerized with n-butyl methacrylate. It has been found that upon illumination in inert atmosphere photodimerization of the anthracene rings takes place to a considerable extend. The reverse decomposition of the photodimers by thermal treatment is also facilitated by the long flexible spacer. In ambient air the only photoreaction is endoperoxide formation.
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