Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications

Design, synthesis, and study of novel, thermally depolymerizable polycarbonates

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Novel polycarbonates containing tertiary or secondary benzylic diol structures are prepared via their biscarbonylimidazolide derivatives under phase transfer conditions; these polycarbonates are designed to undergo a near instantaneous depolymerization to volatile monomeric species when heated to a critical temperature.