The frontal ring opening metathesis polymerization (FROMP) of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) in the presence of limonene, using second generation Grubbs' catalysts, is reported. The effect of limonene on the amount of catalyst and the typical frontal polymerization parameters, as maximum temperature (Tmax) and velocity of the front (Vf), is studied. In addition, the influence of limonene on the mechanical properties of the polymeric samples is reported. Finally, a deep study on the swelling properties of polymers is done. It has been demonstrated that limonene acts as both inhibitor and solvent of the catalyst. The Tmax, Vf, Tg, and Young modulus values decrease as the amount of limonene increases, and the polymer samples swell in THF depending on the amount of limonene. All results indicate that the limonene addition on FROMP of results in advantages on the polymerization reaction and its parameters and on the final polymer properties.
Effect of Limonene on the Frontal Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Dicyclopentadiene / Alzari, Valeria; Nuvoli, D; Sanna, D; Ruiu, A; Mariani, Alberto. - In: JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE. PART A, POLYMER CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 1099-0518. - 54:1(2016), pp. 63-68. [10.1002/pola.27776]