Glass transition temperature control by poly(norbornene-dicarboximide) copolymers

Andrew M. Spring, Daisuke Maeda, Masaaki Ozawa, Keisuke Odoi, Feng Qiu, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Shiyoshi Yokoyama

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By the precise combination of both cyclohexyl- and octyl-substituted norbornene-dicarboximide monomers, a series of copolymers were prepared by ring-opening metathesis polymerization utilizing the Grubbs first-generation initiator. This allowed an excellent control over the glass transition temperature between 215 and 126 °C depending upon the percentage of the octyl moiety in the copolymer. Initially two homopolymers, poly(N-cyclohexyl-exo-norbornene-5,6-dicarboximide) and poly(N-octyl-exo-norbornene-5,6-dicarboximide), were prepared to determine the desirable conditions for copolymer preparation. The kinetics of the two homopolymers were monitored using proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and size-exclusion chromatography, with monomer conversion being achieved after 120 min in both cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-521
Number of pages19
JournalPolymer Bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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