Rapid Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Monomers Obtained from Biomass-Derived Furfuryl Amines and Maleic Anhydride

Anna Blanpain, James H. Clark, Thomas J. Farmer, Yuanlong Guo, Ian D.V. Ingram, John E. Kendrick, Stefan B. Lawrenson, Michael North*, George Rodgers, Adrian C. Whitwood

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Well-controlled and extremely rapid ring-opening metathesis polymerization of unusual oxanorbornene lactam esters by Grubbs third-generation catalyst is used to prepare a range of bio-based homo- and copolymers. Bio-derived oxanorbornene lactam monomers were prepared at room temperature from maleic anhydride and secondary furfuryl amines by using a 100 % atom economical, tandem Diels–Alder lactamization reaction, followed by esterification. Several of the resulting homo- and copolymers show good control over polymer molecular weight and have narrow molecular weight distributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2393-2401
Number of pages9
Issue number11
Early online date17 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019

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  • biomass
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • metathesis
  • polymerization
  • sustainable polymers

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