Volume 86 Issue 12 | p. 40 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 24, 2008

A Spring-Loaded Monomer

Department: Science & Technology

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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