Comparison of Pyrylium and Thiopyryium Photo-oxidants in Metal-Free Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization

Systematically varied pyrylium and thiopyrylium photo-oxidants have been evaluated in the metal-free ring-opening-metathesis polymerization (MF-ROMP) of norbornene. Across the series, we observed higher conversion into polynorbornene from thiopyrylium species in comparison with pyrylium salts that were otherwise similarly functionalized. Additionally, more electron-rich photo-oxidants (i.e., weaker oxidants) correlated with higher conversions.

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