Controlled radical polymerization of anthracene-containing methacrylate copolymers for stimuli-responsive materials

Makito Yokoe, Koji Yamauchi, Timothy Edward Long*

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Novel reversible networks utilizing photodimerization of crosslinkable anthracene groups and thermal dissociation were investigated. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization yielded well-defined copolymers with 9-anthrylmethyl methacrylate (AMMA) and other alkyl methacrylates such as methyl methacrylate (MMA) and 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate (EHMA) having different AMMA compositions. Well-controlled block copolymerization of AMMA and alkyl methacrylates was also successfully accomplished using a trithiocarbonate-terminated poly(alkyl methacrylate) macro-chain transfer agent. The anthracene-containing copolymers showed reversibility via crosslinking based on photodimerization with ultraviolet irradiation and subsequent thermal dissociation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2302-2311
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


  • anthracene
  • block copolymers
  • crosslinking
  • living polymerization
  • photodimerization
  • reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer
  • reversible network materials
  • thermal dissociation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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