New paper on phostones and poly(phosphonate)s!

Great work by Emily with the Wurm group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. This paper describes the synthesis of phostones, i.e., 2-alkoxy-2-oxo-1,3-oxaphospholanes, and their use in the preparation of linear poly(phosphonate)s via ring-opening polymerization resulting in polymers with a hydrolytically stable P–C bond in the polymer backbone. Phostones have the stable P–C bondContinue reading “New paper on phostones and poly(phosphonate)s!”

Fern’s new cross-metathesis paper!

Cross-metathesis functionalised exo-olefin derivatives of lactide Fern’s latest work explores the use of two derivatives of lactide, each of which features an exocyclic olefin, and their pre-polymerization modification by olefin cross-metathesis. The ring-opening polymerization of these new monomers, and their hydrogenated congeners, is facilitated by organo- and Lewis-acid catalysts. Together, they offer a new strategy forContinue reading “Fern’s new cross-metathesis paper!”

Shout-out to Jenni!

We work pretty closely with Jenni and her students, who recently surprised her with a snazzy website! Check it out here! Over in the Garden group they work on the design and synthesis of novel homo- and heterobimetallic compounds, and their application towards homogeneous catalysis and the production of polymer materials from renewable feedstocks. Very relatableContinue reading “Shout-out to Jenni!”

Congratulations Dan!

A big well done to Dan (and Ben) for his work on the organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA), styrene, and vinyl acetate, mediated by a novel tert-butyl-substituted amine–bis(phenolate) iron(II) complex in the absence of a halide source for an organometallic-only route to controlled radical polymerization. Check it out below: Understanding Organometallic-Mediated RadicalContinue reading “Congratulations Dan!”