Hydrogenated ring-opened polynorbornene: A highly crystalline atactic polymer

Li Bong W. Lee, Richard A. Register

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Ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of norbornene with most catalysts produces a polymer with an atactic placement of the cyclopentylene rings, yet partial hydrogenation of this polymer is known to yield a crystalline product. We report here a facile catalytic route to saturate polynorbornene (PN); fully hydrogenated polynorbornene (hPN) is highly crystalline, with an equilibrium melting point estimated as 156°C. The crystal lattice is monoclinic, with parameters a = 6.936 Å, b = 9.596 Å, c = 12.420 Å, and β= 130.7° at room temperature, indicating nearly complete extension of the hPN backbone within the unit cell. The material remains highly crystalline until the melting point is reached, but near 105°C, the crystal structure transforms to one characterized by substantial rotational disorder of the hPN chains about their axes, while retaining substantial translational order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1216-1222
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 22 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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