Brock is the first author on a Mater. Chem. Front. publication that showcases a new class of strained macrocycle that performs well in ROMP. The paper can be found here: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/qm/c9qm00604d#!divAbstract
We report the synthesis of a new class of strained macrocycle that performs well in ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). The polymerization displays chain growth characteristics with evidence of secondary metathesis in the form of chain transfer. The unique structure enables access to stilbene-based polymers that are traditionally prepared via uncontrolled polymerizations.
The Boydston Group is excited to have our newest graduate students on board! We know they’re going to do great things! 🙂
This project was led by the Barner-Kowollik group and centers on the discovery that disparate monomer classes, norbornene and methacrylates, can be copolymerized in a photomediated process. The paper can be found here: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.9b09025
We introduce the hybrid copolymerization of two disparate monomer classes (vinyl monomers and ring-strained cyclic olefins) via living photopolymerization. The living character of the polymerization technique (metal-free photo-ROMP) is demonstrated by consecutive chain-extensions. Further, we propose a mechanism for the copolymerization and analyze the copolymer structure in detail by high-resolution mass spectrometry.
The Boydston group proudly introduces Dr. Evan Sherbrook as our newest postdosctocal researcher!
We are happy to welcome Danny Lee to the Boydston Group as a post-baccalaureate researcher!
The group offers a warm welcome to our newest graduate student, Ernie Alvino!
Congratulations to Dr. Johanna Schwartz, Dr. Bo Cao, Dr. Tori Kensy, and Dr. Pengtao Lu on earning their PhDs! The group is very proud of you all! 🙂
As undergraduate researchers, Jacob and Karen will be joining our additive manufacturing subgroup to help push the boundaries of 3D printing with high performance polymers.