Ring-opening metathesis polymerization as a route to controlled copolymers of ethylene and polar monomers: Synthesis of ethylene-vinyl chloride-like copolymers

Hongli Yang, Manirul Islam, Charles Budde, Stuart J. Rowan

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A series of ethylene-vinyl chloride-like copolymers were prepared by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). The route to these materials included the bulk polymerization of 5-chlorocyclooctene and 5,6-dichlorocyclooctene with the first-generation Grubbs' catalyst, followed by diimide hydrogenation of the resulting unsaturated polymers. In addition, the amount of chlorine in these materials was varied by the copolymerization of 5-chlorocyclooctene with cyclooctene. These materials were fully characterized by NMR (1H and 18C), gel permeation chromatography, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Finally, hydroboration was carried out on the ROMP product of 5-chlorocyclooctene to yield a polymer, which was effectively a vinyl alcoholvinyl chloride-ethylene terpolymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2107-2116
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Copolymer
  • Metathesis
  • Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC)
  • Polyolefins
  • ROMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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