Published November 12, 2021 | Version v1
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One-Pot Heterotelechelic Metathesis Polymers via Regioselective Chain Transfer Agents

  • 1. University of Fribourg


Single chain transfer agents are used to synthesize narrowly distributed heterotelechelic ROMP polymers in one pot, exploiting a new mechanistic and synthetic approach. The chain transfer agents carrying different functional groups are synthesized in few straightforward steps. Pre-functionalization of commercially available Grubbs’ third-generation catalyst is realized in situ using regioselective chain transfer agents within a short reaction period. After monomer consumption, the excess chain transfer agent in the reaction medium automatically end- functionalizes the polymer chain yielding a heterotelechelic polymer via a ring-opening- ring-closing sequence. 1H NMR, MALDI-ToF, and SEC analyses confirmed end group functionalization as well as excellent control over molecular weight and dispersity. This strategy highlights a new way of synthesizing one-pot heterotelechelic ROMP polymers straightforwardly and efficiently.


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