Alkyl substituted poly(p-phenylene vinylene)s by ring opening metathesis polymerisation

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  • Authors:
  • Benjamin J. Lidster
  • Dharam R. Kumar
  • Andrew M. Spring
  • Chin Yang Yu
  • Michael Turner


The ring opening metathesis polymerisation (ROMP) of three n-octyl substituted [2.2]paracyclophane-1,9-dienes, initiated by Grubbs ruthenium carbene complexes is reported. The molecular weight of the resulting alkyl-substituted poly(p-phenylene vinylene)s is determined by the monomer to initiator ratio and the polymers are isolated with relatively narrow polydispersities and control of the end groups. Only the pseudo-geminal isomer of the tetra-alkyl substituted [2.2]paracyclophane-1,9-diene was susceptible to ROMP. The optical properties of the two series of polymers was investigated.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5544-5551
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Issue number35
Early online date18 Aug 2016
StatePublished - 21 Sep 2016