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Issue 9, 2011
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Menthol-based chiral copolymers for polymer optical fibres (POF)

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This study investigates the fabrication of menthol-based copolymers for use in polymer optical fibres (POF). A chiral monomer, (−)-menthyl methacrylate ((−)-MnMA) derived from (−)-menthol, was synthesized that displays a specific rotation of [α]20D (neat) = −90. It was further copolymerized with methyl methacrylate (MMA) either in bulk or in solution viafree radical polymerization. PMMA-co-P(−)-MnMA copolymers synthesized in bulk yielded turbid polymers, whereas copolymer synthesized in solution with 50 mol% (−)-MnMA feed was transparent with some optical rotation, and compatible for drawing into fibres. Hence, PMMA-co-P(−)-MnMA in the current study is a potential chiral material for use in POF.

Graphical abstract: Menthol-based chiral copolymers for polymer optical fibres (POF)

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01 Feb 2011
21 May 2011
First published
05 Jul 2011

Polym. Chem., 2011,2, 2045-2051
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Menthol-based chiral copolymers for polymer optical fibres (POF)

E. H. Min, K. H. Wong, E. Setijadi, F. Ladouceur, M. Straton and A. Argyros, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 2045
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00056J

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