Bidirectional ROMP of Paracylophane-1,9-dienes to Tri- and Penta-Block p-Phenylenevinylene Copolymers

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  • External authors:
  • Venukrishnan Komanduri
  • Dharam Kumar
  • Daniel Tate
  • Raymundo Marcial Hernandez
  • Benjamin Lidster


Dialkoxy and dialkyl substituted paracyclophane-1,9-dienes undergo bidirectional ring opening metathesis polymerisation (ROMP) on addition of bifunctional Hoveyda-Grubbs initiators. The living nature of the polymerisation was demonstrated for different [monomer]/[initiator] ratios and block copolymers were prepared by sequential ROMP and ROMP-ATRP to give fully conjugated rod-rod-rod and partially conjugated coil-rod-coil ABA and BAB triblock copolymers, respectively. These strategies were successfully extended to the synthesis of the corresponding pentablock copolymers. Optical and electrochemical properties of cis/trans and all trans homo and block copolymers are discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Early online date24 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019