Special Issue "Catalysts for the Controlled Polymerization of Conjugated Dienes"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marc Visseaux

Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide—UMR CNRS 8181 ENSCL, Bâtiment C7, B.P. 90108, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59652 Villeneuve d’Ascq CEDEX, France
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The polymerization of conjugated dienes is a domain of interest for both academic and industrial research. In a context where the control of the process is always to be improved—in terms of (but not limited to) efficiency, micro-structure, etc.—and whereas environmental concerns have, nowadays, to be taken into consideration, the development of new catalysts is still a necessary and modern challenge. This includes molecular catalysts comprising less toxic metals, as single component or as dual catalytic combinations. The implementation of the recent concepts of the field, such as coordinative chain transfer polymerization or chain shuttling polymerization, and the application to the (co-)polymerization of recently introduced bio-sourced conjugated dienes as monomers are also of high interest.

The aim of this Special Issue is, thus, to cover promising recent research and novel trends in the field of the development and application of new catalysts for conjugated dienes polymerization and copolymerization. Contributions from all areas of homogeneous/supported catalysis, based on experimental results and/or mechanistic approaches, would be of great interest.

Prof. Dr. Marc Visseaux
Guest Editor

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  • Coordination catalysis
  • Stereo-selective polymerization
  • Conjugated dienes
  • Chain transfer
  • Rare earths
  • Main-group metals
  • Allyl
  • Organometallics
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Computational calculations

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Synthesis of Stereodiblock Polybutadiene Using Cp*Nd(BH4)2(thf)2 as a Catalyst
Catalysts 2017, 7(10), 284; doi:10.3390/catal7100284
Received: 7 September 2017 / Revised: 18 September 2017 / Accepted: 19 September 2017 / Published: 25 September 2017
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Butadiene polymerization, in both a highly cis- and trans-specific manner, was achieved by using a Cp*Nd(BH4)2(thf)2–Bu2Mg system as an initiator. The cis-/trans- ratio can be tuned by the amount of
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Butadiene polymerization, in both a highly cis- and trans-specific manner, was achieved by using a Cp*Nd(BH4)2(thf)2–Bu2Mg system as an initiator. The cis-/trans- ratio can be tuned by the amount of trialkylaluminum-depleted modified methylaluminoxane (dMMAO). The cis-regularity of the polymer was much higher than those obtained by Nd(BH4)3(thf)3. The molecular weight of cis-regular polymer was increased according to polymer yield, showing that there was no termination or chain transfer reaction during the polymerization. Synthesis of stereodiblock polybutadiene, which showed a high melting temperature (Tm) compared with stereodiblock polyisoprene, was also performed by the addition dMMAO during the polymerization. Full article
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