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Study of the Activity of Grubbs Catalyst-Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes in the Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization

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The synthesis of polynorbornene by ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP), in the presence of 1st and 2nd generation Grubbs catalyst-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), has been studied. MWCNTs were obtained by catalytic chemical vapour deposition (CCVD) of ethylene. A full characterization of the 1st and 2nd generation Grubbs catalyst-functionalized nanotubes was performed by FTIR and TG-DTG-MS. The amount of catalyst grafted to the nanotube surface was estimated. The activity of the catalyst-functionalized nanotubes in ROMP of 2-norbornene was found to be similar to that of bare 1st and 2nd generation Grubbs catalysts. The characterization of polynorbornene-carbon nanotube composites shows that the nanotubes are well dispersed in the polymer matrix.
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Keywords: CATALYST ACTIVITY; CHARACTERIZATION; FUNCTIONALIZED MWNT; ROMP; TG-DTG-MS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2011

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