UV induced reversible chain extension of 1-(2-anthryl)-1-phenylethylene functionalized polyisobutylene
The synthesis of novel 1-(2-anthryl)-1-phenylethylene (APE) di-telechelic polyisobutylenes is described. Utilization of a difunctional cationic initiator and the in situ addition of the non-homopolymerizable APE lead to the formation of di-anthryl telechelic polyisobutylenes. Products were characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy and Size Exclusion Chromatography. The polymers were UV irradiated at 365 and 254 nm and the reversible photocycloaddition of anthryl moieties was investigated. The chain extension of di-anthryl telechelic PIBs through photocoupling at 365 nm produced higher molecular weight products from low molecular weight precursors. The effect of precursor polymer concentration on the degree of chain extension was investigated, and intermolecular interactions leading to the formation of tetramers was observed. The photocoupled products were UV irradiated at 254 nm to induce the reversal of photocycloaddition of anthryl groups and to follow the consequent photoscission of polymers.