Helical (5Z, 11E)-dibenzo[a,e]cyclooctatetrene: A spring-loaded monomer

Matthew Carnes, Daniela Buccella, John Decatur, Michael L. Steigerwald, Colin Nuckolls

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(Figure Presented) ROMP with a kinky olefin: An [8]-annulene in which one of the double bonds is kinked into a trans configuration is wound into a helical conformation, and is spring-loaded with circa 18 kcal mol-1 strain energy. This annulene acts as an active monomer for ring-opening polymerization (ROMP), which produces a living oligo-(phenylene vinylene) (OPV) with all-ortho linkages. The polymer has an equal number of cis and trans double bonds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2982-2985
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 7 2008


  • Catalysis
  • Nanotechnology
  • Olefin metathesis
  • Polycycles
  • Polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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