Synthesis, characterization, and thermal properties of ring-opening metathesis polynorbornenes and their hydrogenated derivatives bearing various ester and cyano groups

Yasushi Nishihara, Seisuke Izawa, Yoshiaki Inoue, Yuushou Nakayama, Takeshi Shiono, Kentaro Takagi

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Abstract

Doubly functionalized polar norbornenes 3a-3g substituted by both a variety of ester and cyano groups were polymerized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) with a Ru carbene complex 2 bearing 3-bromopyridine as a ligand (third generation Grubbs' catalyst) in a living manner. The successive hydrogenation of the main-chain double bond in the synthesized living ROMP polymers 4a-4g with a hydridoruthenium complex was exploited. The comparison of thermal properties of a series of ring-opening metathesis polymers 4a-4g with those of their hydrogenated derivatives 5a-5g revealed the decrease of glass transition temperatures (Tg) but little change of the 5% decomposition temperature (Td5). In all cases examined in this study, a decrease of Tg by hydrogenation was around 20-40 °C, regardless of the ester substitutents. In the presence of the additional PCy3, triethylamine, and methanol after complete consumption of monomer 3a under the living ROMP condition, the tandem ROMP-hydrogenation of the resulting polymer 4a generated in situ was attained under a H2 (9.8 MPa) atmosphere at 80 °C to afford the hydrogenated polymer 5a, retaining the narrow polydispersity of 1.03.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3314-3325
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume46
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2008

Keywords

  • Kinetics (polym.)
  • Living polymerization
  • Polyolefins
  • ROMP
  • Thermal properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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