Title

PHOTOCHEMISTRY OF BISPHENOL-A BASED POLYCARBONATE - THE EFFECT OF THE MATRIX AND EARLY DETECTION OF PHOTO-FRIES PRODUCT FORMATION

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-1992

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

The effect of polymer matrices on a photoinduced rearrangement process has been shown to be dependent upon whether the photoreactive group is attached to a polymer backbone, or free. If diphenylcarbonate is simply embedded in a polymer matrix, the rearrangement process is independent of whether the host film is above or below its glass transition. However, if the diphenylcarbonate group is incorporated as part of a polycarbonate backbone, the Fries rearrangement process is significantly reduced for photolyses conducted at temperatures well below the glass transition of polycarbonate. The utility of fluorescence spectroscopy in identification of the initial salicylate type photo-Fries type rearrangement product of polycarbonate is also demonstrated. The broad, structureless fluorescence spectrum with peak maximum at 470 nm produced by photolysis of polycarbonate films for short time periods is assigned to emission from phenyl salicylate type photoproducts.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART A-POLYMER CHEMISTRY

Volume

30

Issue

8

First Page

1525

Last Page

1533

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