Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 96, Issue 3, pp 705–713 | Cite as

Latent catalytic systems for ring-opening metathesis-based thermosets



Synthesis and curing activity of latent ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP)-based catalytic systems are reported using polydicyclopentadiene (pDCPD) as a model system. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is used to monitor the ROMP reactions and to characterize the cured networks. These systems are either slow or completely inactive at ambient temperatures, yet at high temperatures the superior curing activity of other ROMP catalysts are retained. The resulting thermosets show glass transition temperatures from 10 to 25 °C higher than when cured with other ROMP catalysts.


Curing kinetics Grubbs catalysts Ozawa–Flynn–Wall isoconversional model-free approach Ring-opening metathesis polymerization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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