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Keywords:

  • dicyclopentadiene;
  • copolymerization;
  • Grubbs catalyst;
  • ROMP;
  • RIM

Abstract

Copolymer of dicyclopentadiene and cyclopentene (CPE) is synthesized through ring-opening metathesis polymerization using the second-generation Grubbs catalyst. The influences of monomer composition, catalyst concentration, and reaction temperature on gelification time and monomer conversion have been investigated. Furthermore, the reaction injection molding process is employed to produce the copolymer of dicyclopentadiene and CPE. It has been found that postcuring process is necessary to achieve 100% monomer conversion. The incorporation of a small amount of CPE into the copolymers can reduce the weight loss rate in the TGA process and improve the mechanical properties. The effects of CPE fraction, catalyst concentration, and postcuring temperature on thermal stability and mechanical properties are discussed. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012