Controlled Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization with Polyisobutylene-Bound Pyridine-Ligated Ru(II) Catalysts. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study describes the use of polyisobutylene (PIB) to phase-anchor pyridine ligands that form a phase-separable Grubbs third-generation catalyst. We further show that this complex is useful in ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) reactions. These PIB-bound pyridine-ligated Grubbs catalysts provide the same benefits of control over polymer chain growth and polydispersity of the product as their low-molecular-weight analogs and reduce Ru leaching in ROMP products from approximately 16% (820 ppm residues) as seen with a similar pyridine-ligated catalyst to a value of approximately 3% (160 ppm residues). These labile ligands are shown to be as effective at generating separable metal complexes as less labile PIB-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene catalyst ligands that are typically used for immobilization but that require a multistep synthesis.

published proceedings

  • ACS Omega

altmetric score

  • 3.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Suriboot, J., Hu, Y., Malinski, T. J., Bazzi, H. S., & Bergbreiter, D. E.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Suriboot, Jakkrit||Hu, Yue||Malinski, Thomas J||Bazzi, Hassan S||Bergbreiter, David E

publication date

  • October 2016