Ring opening metathesis polymerisation of a new bio-derived monomer from itaconic anhydride and furfuryl alcohol

Yinjuan Bai, Mario De Bruyn, James H. Clark, Jennifer R. Dodson, Thomas J. Farmer*, Mathilde Honoré, Ian D V Ingram, Mohamed Naguib, Adrian C. Whitwood, Michael North

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A new oxa-norbornene bio-based lactone obtained from the 100% atom economic reaction of furfuryl alcohol and itaconic anhydride via a tandem Diels-Alder addition and lactonisation is presented. Esterification of the resulting acid gives a monomer for the production of a bio-based polymer with low polydispersity and well controlled molecular weight via ring-opening metathesis polymerisation (ROMP).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3945-3948
Number of pages4
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

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