Single-End-Functionalized Polycyclopentene via Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization with Concurrent Chain Transfer

Emily E. Abdo, Seong Hyuk Cho, Richard A. Register

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Macromonomers bearing a functional group exclusively at one end are often synthesized by terminating a living polymerization with a suitable agent, at the cost of one initiator molecule per chain. An attractive alternative is to use chain transfer to install the functional endgroup. Herein, polycyclopentene (PCP) bearing a single styryl endgroup is synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization with a well-defined Mo-based (Schrock) initiator, by employing divinylbenzene as a chain-transfer agent. High regioselectivity of the chain-transfer step, with minimal secondary metathesis of double bonds in the PCP backbone, is confirmed by mass spectral endgroup analysis. A styryl-functional PCP macromonomer copolymerizes effectively with styrene in a free-radical process (styrene reactivity ratio rS ≈ 1.7), producing a comb copolymer with a polystyrene backbone and PCP "teeth".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8079-8087
Number of pages9
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 12 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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