The interaction of matter with light has fascinated scientists for centuries. The field of polymer science has not been immune to this enchantment and progress in new controlled ways to use light to produce new materials is rapidly evolving to more sophisticated systems.
Two-in-One: Chemical Selectivity with Different Colors of Light
In a recent Communication in Macromolecular Rapid Communications, a study explores the possibility to control reactions by means of irradiation with specific wavelengths of light.
Tuning aggregate size and emission in tetraphenylethene dendrimers
Researchers report on the preparation of a dual-emissive dendrimer with tunable aggregate and solution state emission.
Targeting cancer with polymeric thioxanthones
Researchers successfully prepare polymeric thioxanthones, which were shown to be used as potential anticancer and radiotherapy agents.
Casting light on a photocleavable monomer
Using light to mediate the polymerization offers unique advantages over conventional polymerization methods.
UV and visible light cationic photoinitiators – an overview
There are many economic, environmental and production benefits related to using light as a trigger for processes.
Shaping up polyphosphazenes: star dendritic molecular brushes
In a new study, researchers from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, present for the first time a synthetic route to prepare polyphosphazenes with globular, highly branched morphologies (so called “star dendritic molecular brushes”) and controlled size.