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Synthesis, functional modification, and characterization of polysilane copolymers for enhanced photosensitivity and photobleaching
Author(s): Sonny A. Ekhorutomwen; Samuel P. Sawan
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Paper Abstract

Hydropolysilane copolymers have been synthesized by the Wurtz- type reductive coupling of mono and diorganodichlorosilane comonomers with sodium dispersion in a refluxing toluene medium. Post-synthetic modifications of the copolymers have been carried out to improve their photosensitivity to UV/Vis energy, by the substitution of electron-withdrawing groups such as acetate (from mercuric acetate), p-nitrophenol, p-cyanophenol, and p- chlorocinnamic acid. The modified and unmodified copolymers, have been extensively characterized by various spectroscopic techniques such as GPC, FTIR, H-NMR, C-NMR, UV/VIS, etc. The results reveal that, the properties as well as the reactivities of hydropolysilanes are strongly dependent on the types of substituent groups on the Si-Si main chains.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3282, Photosensitive Optical Materials and Devices II, (9 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.311530
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Sonny A. Ekhorutomwen, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
Samuel P. Sawan, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3282:
Photosensitive Optical Materials and Devices II
Mark P. Andrews, Editor(s)

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