Frontal Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Exo-Dicyclopentadiene for Low Catalyst Loadings

Ian D. Robertson, Emmy L. Pruitt, Jeffrey S. Moore

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Polydicyclopentadiene (PDCPD) is a polymer of growing importance in industrial applications. Frontal ring-opening metathesis polymerization (FROMP) offers a means to rapidly cure PDCPD with minimal input energy owing to a propagating reaction wave sustained by the exothermic polymerization. Previous examples of FROMP have required the use of relatively high concentrations of costly ruthenium catalyst, negating many of the benefits of FROMP synthesis. In this contribution, we demonstrate that by using the highly reactive exo-dicyclopentadiene isomer for FROMP the concentration of catalyst is reduced over 3-fold, while maintaining a high frontal velocity. Reducing the amount of ruthenium required for FROMP makes this technique attractive for the production of large PDCPD structural components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-596
Number of pages4
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 17 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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