Polymer Journal

Thermally depolymerizable polycarbonates v. Acid catalyzed thermolysis of allylic and benzylic polycarbonates: A new route to resist imaging

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Polymers containing allylic and benzylic carbonate repeating units have been prepared by phase-transfer catalyzed polycondensation of activated bis-carbonates or carbamates and diols. The polymers are highly susceptible to thermal depolymerization and revert to small molecules when heated to temperatures which vary from 140 to 230°mperatures are reduced to well below 100°C if catalytic amounts of acid are added to the polycarbonates. The thermolysis or acidolysis of bis allylic or benzylic carbonates provides a convenient route to aromatic compounds as demonstrated with both models and polymers. The polycarbonates can be used to formulate highly sensitive resist materials with potential for self-development of positive images. Some benzylic polycarbonates which produce polymerizable divinyl monomers upon thermolysis can be used to create negative images in a process which includes both depolymerization and photocrosslinking. © 1987, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan. All rights reserved.