Issue Date: March 24, 2008
A Spring-Loaded Monomer
By incorporating a trans double bond into an eight-carbon annulene, chemists have made a strained ring structure that snaps open, paving the way for a ring-opening metathesis polymerization reaction that produces a new type of polymer (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., DOI: 10.1002/anie.200704355). The researchers, led by Columbia University's Colin Nuckolls, hope to render this polymer useful in electronic applications by oxidizing it into thin strips of graphene. The unusual new annulene is a benzannulated . . .
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