Reactive & Functional Polymers, Vol.30, No.1, 375-383, 1996
Nonlinear optical polymers with novel benzoxazole chromophores .2. Synthesis of polyurethanes with good thermal stability
Novel diol monomer having a pi-conjugated benzoxazole ring, 2-(4-nitrophenyl)-6-[N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)amino] benzoxazole was successfully synthesized to improve the thermally stability of nonlinear optical chromophores. Several polyurethanes bearing pendant benzoxazole chromophores were obtained by polyaddition of the diol to various aromatic diisocyanates. The thermal stability of these polyurethanes were monitored by thermogravimetry and IR spectroscopy, and compared with other polyurethanes having general pendant azo chromophores. The poled polyurethane films exhibited large and stable second-order nonlinear optical properties.