Coil-helix and sheet-helix block copolymers via macroinitiation from telechelic ROMP polymers

Elizabeth Elacqua, Anna Croom, Diane S. Lye, Marcus Weck

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Coil-helix and sheet-helix block copolymers are synthesized by combining the ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of norbornene or paracyclophanediene with the anionic polymerization of phenyl isocyanide. Key to the design is the use of an μ-ethynyl palladium (II) functionalized chain-transfer agent (CTA) that can be exploited in a stepwise manner for the termination of ROMP and the initiation of the anionic polymerization. Both the coil- and sheet-macroinitiators, and the ensuing covalent block copolymers, are analyzed using 1H NMR spectroscopy and gel-permeation chromatography. In all cases, the Pd-end group is maintained and all polymers demonstrate a monomodal distribution with dispersities (Đ) of 1.1–1.4. The resulting helix-coil and helix-sheet block copolymers formed by the macroinitiation route still demonstrate their intrinsic properties (fluorescence, preferential helix-sense).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2991-2998
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 15 2017


  • anionic polymerization
  • block copolymers
  • conjugated polymers
  • helical polymer
  • ring-opening metathesis polymerization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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