Vinyl Reactivity of (η5-Vinylcyclopentadienyl)tricarbonylmethyltungsten, a Novel Organometallic Monomer

Charles U. Pittman, T. V. Jayaraman, Ralph D. Priester, Steven Spencer, Marvin D. Rausch, David Macomber

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The first vinyl organometallic monomer containing tungsten, (η6-vinylcyclopentadienyl)tricarbonylmethyltungsten (4), was homopolymerized and copolymerized with styrene, acrylonitrile, methyl methacrylate, and N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone, using azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) as the initiator. Reactivity ratios for the styrene (M2) copolymerization of 4, initiated by AIBN in benzene solutions, were = 0.16 and r2 = 1.55 from which the Alfrey-Price parameters e = -1.98 and Q = 1.66 were calculated. Thus, (η5-vinylcyclopentadienyl)tricarbonylmethyltungsten is an exceptionally electron-rich vinyl monomer, closely resembling vinylferrocene, (η5-vinylcyclopentadienyl)tricarbonylmanganese, and (η5-vinylcyclopentadienyl) dicarbonylnitrosylchromium in this respect. This is the first vinyl monomer known to have an M-CH3 (M is a transition metal) bond. Styrene polymerizations in the presence of (η5-cyclopentadienyl)- tricarbonylmethyltungsten were carried out to evaluate the possibility that the methyl group is a good hydrogen atom donor (thereby serving as an inhibitor or a chain transfer agent). No evidence was obtained for significant chain transfer activity. Similarly, neither (η5-cyclopentadienyl)tricarbonylmanganese nor poly(η6-vinylcyclopentadienylRricarbonylmanganese acted as efficient chain transfer agents in styrene polymerizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1981


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