Visible light-responsive DASA-polymer conjugates

Sebastian Ulrich, James R. Hemmer, Zachariah A. Page, Neil D. Dolinski, Omar Rifaie-Graham, Nico Bruns, Craig J. Hawker, Luciano F. Boesel, Javier Read De Alaniz

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A modular synthesis of Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adduct (DASA) polymer conjugates is described. Pentafluorophenyl-ester chemistry is employed to incorporate aromatic amines into acrylate and methacrylate copolymers, which are subsequently coupled with activated furans to generate polymers bearing a range of DASA units in a modular manner. The effect of polymer glass transition temperature on switching kinetics is studied, showing dramatic rate enhancements in going from a glassy to a rubbery matrix. Moreover, tuning the DASA absorption profile allows for selective switching, as demonstrated by ternary photopatterning, with potential applications in rewriteable data storage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-742
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number7
Early online date23 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2017



  • photoswitch
  • activated ester
  • DASA
  • stimuli-resposive polymer
  • rewriteable data storage

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Ulrich, S., Hemmer, J. R., Page, Z. A., Dolinski, N. D., Rifaie-Graham, O., Bruns, N., ... Read De Alaniz, J. (2017). Visible light-responsive DASA-polymer conjugates. ACS Macro Letters, 6(7), 738-742.