The synthesis and ring-opening metathesis polymerization of an amphiphilic redox-active norbornene

Keith J. Watson, Son Binh T. Nguyen*, Chad A. Mirkin

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The synthesis and characterization of an amphiphilic, ferrocenyl-modified norbornene is reported. Linked together through a quaternary ammonium salt, the norbornenyl moiety makes this monomer susceptible to ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) using (PCy3)2RuCl2=CHPh, while the ferrocenyl group allows for the incorporation of a redox-active group in the polymer backbone. The resulting polymers are soluble in both aqueous and organic media. Such polymers are important for the development of materials for electrochemically-based diagnostic applications. Cyclic voltammetry studies revealed that reversible redox waves are observed for both the monomer and polymer, although the E1/2 of the polymer is approximately 145 mV lower than that of the monomer, reflecting very different local environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 14 2000


  • Ferrocene
  • Metathesis
  • Norbornene
  • Polymer
  • Quaternary ammonium salt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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