New catalyst formulations for Frontal Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization (FROMP)

Researchers at Illinois have developed new catalytic systems to perform FROMP. Large-scale, energy efficient industrial polymerization syntheses are accessed with FROMP. So far, 2nd generation Grubbs catalyst has been extensively used for FROMP. Exploring new catalyst formulations resulted in polymers with varied mechanical properties and affected the polymerization process. These new formulations expand on previously developed synthesis to offer greater flexibility, tunability, and control of end products and the manufacturing process.


  • Energy efficient
  • Short reaction times
  • Resultant polymers with different mechanical properties
  • Unusually flexible polymer

Market Application:  

  • Varied applications including chlor-alkali production, automotive, construction industries


Image shows swelling behavior of the resultant polymersusing new catalyst formulations.