Metathesis Polymerization: ROMPing towards new materials


  • Prof. Vernon C. Gibson

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    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Durham South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (UK)
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Durham South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (UK)
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    • studied chemistry at the University of Sheffield before moving to the University of Oxford where he was awarded a D. Phil. in 1983, for work on the coordination and organometallic chemistry of the early transition metals carried out in the group of M. L. H. Green. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology with J. E. Bercaw before returning to England to take up a lectureship in chemistry at Durham University in 1986, where he is now Professor of Chemistry. His research interests include transition-metal compounds containing metal-ligand multiple bonds, and their application to the synthesis of new polymeric materials via ROMP and Ziegler-type catalysis.


The introduction of a new generation of metathesis initiators (see Figure) in which the active site is incorporated within a relatively robust transition metal complex has had a significant impact on polymer synthesis. Key recent developments in the types of materials accessible, the control over microstructure possible, and the advantages of well-defined initialtors for the design and synthesis of new materials are reviewed.

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