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Master of Science in Chemistry
Scott T. Phillips, Ph.D.
Adam C. Colson, Ph.D.
Jeunghoon Lee, Ph.D.
An optimized synthesis is presented for the anionic polymerization of hexyl isocyanate that undergoes selective depolymerization. This self-immolative polymer contains a reactive detection unit at the terminus of the polymer, that is cleaved from the backbone when a specific stimulus is applied, and results in continuous depolymerization into small molecules. A key aspect of this research was using commercially available reagents to polymerize hexyl isocyanate that resulted in good yields, predictable lengths, and low PDI values. The control over the molecular weight of the polymer was achieved at various lengths, ranging from 200 repeating units to 1,000 repeating units long. Under these optimized conditions, selective depolymerization was accomplished with base responsive, and UV-light responsive poly(hexyl isocyanate)s.
Irving, Savannah W., "Optimizing the Synthesis of Self-Immolative Poly(hexyl isocyanate)" (2018). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1479.