N-Heterocyclic carbenes for metal-free polymerization catalysis: An update

S. Naumann, A.P. Dove

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This mini‐review is intended to serve as a concise introduction to polymerizations that are catalysed by N‐heterocyclic carbenes. The content is structured according to accessible monomer functionalities and type of polymerization. Both major achievements as well as the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field are presented. A broad range of different types of monomers is covered in this way, including among others lactones, epoxides, anhydrides, acrylates, siloxanes and lactams. Special emphasis is put on mechanistic understanding and structure–activity relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-27
JournalPolymer International
Early online date13 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • catalysis
  • N‐heterocyclic carbenes
  • polymerization


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