Polynorbornenes with allylic acetoxy terminus are obtained by ring-opening metathesis polymerization of the norbornene derivatives followed by quenching with 1,4-diacetoxy-2Z-butene. Treatment of these polymers with a range of nucleophiles in the presence of a Pd-catalyst gives the corresponding polynorbornenes bearing different end groups. The same protocol is used to modify the end groups of polymeric ladderphanes. Incorporation of an end-group-modified polynorbornene on indium tin oxide (ITO) surface perturbs the electrochemical properties of the ITO electrode.
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 215(23), pp.2357−2364