Investigations into Apopinene as a Biorenewable Monomer for Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization

Benjamin F. Strick, Massimiliano Delferro, Franz M. Geiger, Regan J. Thomson*

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The ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of apopinene is reported. We find that apopinene reacts with Ru-based metathesis catalysts to provide an all trans-polymer with a polydispersity index (PDI) as low as 1.6 and molecular weights in the 1100 to 15 600 g·mol-1 range (9-127 monomer units). Because apopinene is readily prepared in one-step from myrtenal or two-steps from α-pinene, both of which are commercially available and naturally abundant, these studies indicate that apopinene might find future use as a new biorenewable precursor for the sustainable production of ROMP-based materials. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1278-1281
Number of pages4
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 6 2015


  • Biomass
  • Catalysis
  • Metathesis
  • Polymerization
  • Terpenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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