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Precision polymers: a kinetic approach for functional poly(norbornenes)

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Abstract

The potential control over monomer sequence in the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of functional norbornenes is explored based on the difference in reactivity of endo and exo isomers. This kinetic approach allows the rapid consumption of the exo-norbornene and insertion onto the growing poly(norbornene) chain within a narrow region of the overall polymer chain, whilst maintaining a homogeneous backbone. We herein demonstrate that this can be achieved using a range of functional monomers easily derived from commercially available precursors while their polymerization is carried out in a controlled manner.

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The article was received on 12 Mar 2014, accepted on 17 Mar 2014 and first published on 26 Mar 2014


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4SC00752B
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2014,5, 2246-2250
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    Precision polymers: a kinetic approach for functional poly(norbornenes)

    D. Moatsou, C. F. Hansell and R. K. O'Reilly, Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 2246
    DOI: 10.1039/C4SC00752B

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