Poly(vinyl-t-butyl carbonate) synthesis and thermolysis to poly(vinyl alcohol)

Ying Jiang, Jean M.J. Fréchet*, C. Grant Willson

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The use of the t-BOC protecting group for the preparation of an organic soluble derivative of poly(vinyl alcohol) is reported. Poly(vinyl-t-butyl carbonate) can be obtained by free-radical polymerization of the monomer using peroxide or azo initiators at 90-120°C. The t-BOC polymer is thermolyzed cleanly to poly(vinyl alcohol) with evolution of carbon dioxide and 2-methyl-propene when heated to 210-220°C. The t-BOC polymer may be useful for imaging processes involving acid-catalyzed thermolysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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