Synthesis of polyformals and their use as dry-developing imaging systems

J. M J Frechet*, J. Fahey, C. G. Willson, T. Iizawa, K. Igarashi, T. Nishikubo

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Most of previous efforts in the design and synthesis of polymeric imaging systems have been focused on materials containing labile ester or carbonate functionalities for which much was known regarding their cleavage under a variety of conditions. In contrast, the chemistry of ethers is less well known and, in particular, their cleavage is often considered to be difficult. For example, phenyl alkyl ethers require harsh conditions such as treatment with boron tribromide for their cleavage. Several exceptions exist, including t-butyl ethers or methoxymethyl ethers and analogs, and their use in organic synthesis has proliferated in recent years. We have recently reported that allylic or benzylic ethers which can undergo eliminations to alkenes are also very easily cleaved by thermolysis or acidolysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
JournalPolymeric Materials Science and Engineering, Proceedings of the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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