Polymer that responds to ultraviolet
light by exhibiting a change in its physical properties or its chemical constitution
- Examples of the changes in photosensitive polymers are a change in molecular shape (photo-responsive polymer), a change in its constitution (photo-reactive polymer), and a reversible change in color (photochromic polymer).
- Photosensitivity in photosensitive polymers means that the polymers are sensitive
to the irradiated light leading to some change in properties or structure. It is different
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