Transition metal complexes in polymerization

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The advances in metal-catalyzed polymer synthesis is presented via surveys of catalysts and mechanisms. The trends and discoveries are often serendipitous. Understanding the mechanism of the polymerization reaction is critical for the search for well-defined catalysts and in the improvement of the activity of a known catalyst. The mechanistic lessons learned in one part of the periodic table can often be applied to another part of catalyst discovery. Early transition metals tend to have higher activity than late transition metals, but the latter are more tolerant towards functional groups. Although the metal center is an integral part of the metal-based polymerization catalyst, it can be argued that the ligand is the most crucial aspect of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-384
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2000
EventThe San Francisco Meeting - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 26 2000Mar 31 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


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