Photostable nonlinear optical polycarbonates

M. Faccini, M. Balakrishnan, Mart Diemeer, Riccardo Torosantucci, A. Driessen, David Reinhoudt, Willem Verboom

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Highly thermal and photostable nonlinear optical polymers were obtained by covalently incorporating the tricyanovinylidenediphenylaminobenzene (TCVDPA) chromophore to a polycarbonate backbone. NLO polycarbonates with different chromophore attachment modes and flexibilities were synthesized. In spite of the high loading levels (ranging from 33.1 to 39.8 wt%), the polymers exhibit Tgs as high as 215 °C, representing a significant improvement of over 100 °C of the material $T_g$ compared with that of the guest–host system containing the same chromophore at similar high loadings. EO coefficients up to 33 pm $V^{-1}$ at 830 nm were achieved, and a good temporal stability of the dipole alignment at 50 °C was observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5293-5300
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of materials chemistry
Issue numberWP 08-02/43
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • METIS-255142
  • EWI-14921
  • IR-62703

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