Mild experimental conditions were applied to the synthesis of furan-aliphatic photoreactive copolymers by bulk transesterification, which called upon potassium carbonate as the catalyst, reaction times of about 30 h and temperatures ranging from 95 to 120 degrees C. The ensuing copolymers contained 3-10% of furan photoreactive monomer units, which absorbed at 308 nm, and had molecular weights of about 8000. They were semi-crystalline materials with glass transition temperatures of - 51 to - 62 degrees C and were stable up to 225 degrees C. The irradiation in the near-UV of concentrated solutions or thin films of these copolymers resulted in their cross-linking and suggested their possible use as photoresists, particularly in offset printing plates. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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