The vinyl addition polymerization of substituted norbornene (NB) monomers, via (t-Bu3P)PdMeCl activated by [Li(OEt2)2.5]B(C6F5)4, is investigated. NB monomers bearing alkyl, aryl, fluoroaryl, and even hexafluoroisopropanol substituents yield polymers exhibiting monomodal and narrow molecular weight distributions, with molecular weight controlled by reaction time and monomer to initiator ratio, demonstrating the living nature of these polymerizations. These polymers are soluble in common organic solvents and possess excellent thermal stability. Block copolymers are also prepared via sequential monomer addition; these are the first examples of well-defined block copolymers of substituted NB monomers enchained by vinyl addition polymerization. (Figure Presented).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry