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Photo Polymer Systems for Environmentally Benign Preparation of Films and Coatings

Emily Stoler and John C. Warner. Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Woburn, MA

The addition of photochemically active moieties to a polymer structure allows materials to be made that can undergo post-synthesis reactions. Because the photoactive materials are embedded covalently to the polymers, there is no leaching of reagents in the final products. Aqueous coating systems have been designed to undergo various phototransformations that affects properties including solubility, strength and polymer/surface compatibility. This technology presents an environmentally benign method for the preparation of numerous industrially relevant films, masks and coatings.