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Entropy-driven ring-opening olefin metathesis polymerizations of macrocycles

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Abstract

The curious entropy-driven ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ED-ROMP) of macrocyclic olefins is highlighted. From early proof-of-principle reports through current state-of-the-art studies with an inclination towards materials applications, the known examples of these uncommon polymerizations are surveyed. The underpinnings of why these reactions work, what is and what is not to be expected and the prevailing practical measures to be taken to favor ED-ROMPs are discussed.

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The article was received on 13 Jul 2009, accepted on 15 Sep 2009 and first published on 15 Oct 2009


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B913696G
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 4600-4611
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    Entropy-driven ring-opening olefin metathesis polymerizations of macrocycles

    Z. Xue and M. F. Mayer, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 4600
    DOI: 10.1039/B913696G

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