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Enolesters as chain end-functionalizing agents for the living ring opening metathesis polymerization

Liu, Peng ; Yasir, Mohammad ; Kurzen, Helena ; Hanik, Nils ; Schäfer, Mark ; Kilbinger, Andreas F. M.

In: Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2017, vol. 55, no. 18, p. 2983–2990

Functional enolethers have previously been used to introduce functional end groups at the chain end of ruthenium carbene complex initiated living ring opening metathesis polymers. Here, we investigated whether the weaker π-donating enolesters could equally be used in regio selective reactions with ruthenium carbene complexes and thus as polymer end-functionalization reagents. Enolesters such as...

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Mechanically induced cis-to-trans isomerization of carbon–carbon double bonds using atomic force microscopy

Radiom, Milad ; Kong, Phally ; Maroni, Plinio ; Schäfer, Mark ; Kilbinger, Andreas F. M. ; Borkovec, Michal

In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2016, vol. 18, no. 45, p. 31202–31210

Cis-to-trans isomerization of carbon–carbon double bonds can be induced by the application of mechanical force. Using single molecule force spectroscopy by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) we pulled polymer molecules which contained cis double bonds in the backbone. In the force versus extension profiles of these polymers, a sudden extension increase is observed which is due to the...