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Keywords:

  • 5-norbornene-2-methanol;
  • controlled/living polymerizations;
  • fatty acids;
  • metathesis;
  • renewable raw materials;
  • renewable resources;
  • ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP)

Abstract

The ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of fatty acid functionalized norbornenes was explored in the presence of dichloro[1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-2-imidazolidinylidene](benzylidene)bis(3-bromopyridine)ruthenium(II) (C3) at room temperature. The investigated monomers were derived from fatty acids with different chain lengths (C6, C8, C10, C12, C14, C16, and C18) and can therefore contribute to the development of more sustainable, bio-based polymeric materials. The polymerizations initiated by C3 proceeded in a living fashion with good initiation efficiency, and thus the synthesis of well-defined polymers with narrow polydispersities was accomplished. All prepared polymers were fully characterized (GPC, DSC, TGA, NMR) and the results of these investigations are discussed within this contribution. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2010