The use of adamantane-containing compounds in polymer chemistry.
Yoba Ngoma, Richard Habib Patrick
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The primary focus of the research was the use of adamantane-containing molecules in polymer science. The research is divided into 2 parts, the first involving the syntheses of a new ligand for use in a metallocene catalyst system. The second part involved the synthesis of new monomers for the use in free radical polymerization systems, In the first part of the research, the synthesis of the ligand, 2-dimethyladamantylethylcyclopentadiene was attempted. This was done via the starting materials adamantylethylbromide and dimethylfulvene. In the first step the adamantylethylbromide was prepared via the tosylation reaction of admantaneethanol. Further, the use of either a Grignard or Barbier reaction to insert the 6,6 dimethylfulvene to yield the final product was attempted. The isolation of the final product could not successfully be completed, even though spectroscopic evidence suggested that the synthesis had been partially succssful. In the second part of the reasearch, the monomers 4-(1-adamantyl)phenolmethacrylate, adamantylmethylacrylate and admantylethylacrylate were synthesized. These monomers were homo-and copolymerized using a controlled radical reaction mechanism (RAFT).