Dramatic solvent effects on ring-opening metathesis polymerization of cycloalkenes

B. Al Samak, Valia Amir-Ebrahimi, Dean Corry, James Hamilton, S. Rigby, John Rooney, Jillian Thompson

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A series of metathesis polymers and copolymers have been formed and their structures were analysed by C-13 NMR spectroscopy. Noble metal and non-noble metal salt catalysts are distinguished by their behaviour in various solvents. Thus, in phenolic solvents, the former class produce alternating copolymers from cyclopentene and norbornene, while the latter are unaffected and produce random copolymers. In contrast, ether solvents have the effect of markedly increasing the cis content of polymers from the latter catalysts while the former are unaffected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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