The structural and molecular versatility afforded to polymeric materials by ruthenium catalysts during ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) cannot be exaggerated. This dissertation describes the synthesis of functionalized polyolefins via ROMP with particular emphasis on designing straightforward approaches to materials in which the molecular structure is meticulously controlled. Moreover, large portions of the body are dedicated to describing functionalized polyolefins as precursors to more complex multicomponent block copolymers. Block copolymers having various components derived from mechanistically incompatible feedstocks were designed with translational targets in mind, including toughening agents for brittle plastics, and free-standing nanoporous membranes. Several fundamental structure-property relationships were also explored for the newly synthesized materials.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. August 2011. Major: Chemistry. Advisor: Marc A. Hillmyer. 1 computer file (PDF); xv, 439 pages, appendices A-B.
Pitet, Louis Marcel.
Functional materials from nanostructured block polymers prepared via ring-opening metathesis polymerization..
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