Cure kinetics of the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of dicyclopentadiene

M. R. Kessler, S. R. White

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The cure kinetics of polydicyclopentadiene prepared by ring-opening metathesis polymerization with three different concentrations of Grubbs' catalyst were examined with differential scanning calorimetry. The experimental data were used to test several different phenomenological kinetic models. The data were best modeled with a model-free isoconversional method. This analysis revealed that the activation energy increased significantly for degrees of cure greater than 60%. The catalyst concentration had a large effect on the cure kinetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2373-2383
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 15 2002


  • Activation energy
  • Dicyclopentadiene
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Kinetics (polym.)
  • ROMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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