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Stereoregular Inorganic Polymer Analogues of Polyolefins

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2019-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

Inorganic polymers are of great interest as a result of their interesting properties, which offer exciting opportunities for their use as functional materials. Currently inorganic polymers generated through dehydrocoupling of group 13/15 amine- or phosphine-borane adducts are atactic and lack crystallinity, precluding their use in a variety of applications. The proposed research targets stereoregular polyaminoboranes and polyphosphinoboranes, inorganic analogues of stereoregular polyolefins, and potentially block copolymers, through catalytic dehydropolymerization using chiral earth abundant transition metal catalysts. The stereoregular polymers and block copolymers will be characterized in detail, and potential applications explored. To achieve these objectives a highly talented young scientist, Dr. Vincent Annibale, wishes to work in the highly multidisciplinary and internationally leading research group of Prof. Ian Manners at the University of Bristol for 2 years. Dr. Annibale has a wealth of expertise in synthetic transition metal chemistry from his previous postdoctoral and Ph.D. work. With a Marie Sklodowska Fellowship Dr. Annibale would gain exceptionally valuable experience and would become proficient in the field of polymer and materials science, which would be extremely important for his future career, preferably in academia, or in industry.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Lipeng Wu, Vincent T. Annibale, Haijun Jiao, Adam Brookfield, David Collison, Ian Manners
Homo- and heterodehydrocoupling of phosphines mediated by alkali metal catalysts
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09832-4
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-10-15
2017 Lipeng Wu, Saurabh S. Chitnis, Haijun Jiao, Vincent T. Annibale, Ian Manners
Non-Metal-Catalyzed Heterodehydrocoupling of Phosphines and Hydrosilanes: Mechanistic Studies of B(C 6 F 5 ) 3 -Mediated Formation of P–Si Bonds
published pages: 16780-16790, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b09175
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/46 2019-10-15
2017 Saurabh S. Chitnis, Hazel A. Sparkes, Vincent T. Annibale, Natalie E. Pridmore, Alex M. Oliver, Ian Manners
Addition of a Cyclophosphine to Nitriles: An Inorganic Click Reaction Featuring Protio, Organo, and Main-Group Catalysis
published pages: 9536-9540, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201704991
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/32 2019-10-15
2017 Saurabh S. Chitnis, Rebecca A. Musgrave, Hazel A. Sparkes, Natalie E. Pridmore, Vincent T. Annibale, Ian Manners
Influence of Ring Strain and Bond Polarization on the Ring Expansion of Phosphorus Homocycles
published pages: 4521-4537, ISSN: 0020-1669, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00086
Inorganic Chemistry 56/8 2019-10-15
2019 Nicola L. Oldroyd, Saurabh S. Chitnis, Vincent T. Annibale, Marius I. Arz, Hazel A. Sparkes, Ian Manners
Metal-free dehydropolymerisation of phosphine-boranes using cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes as hydrogen acceptors
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08967-8
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-10-15
2019 Marius I. Arz, Vincent T. Annibale, Nicole L. Kelly, John V. Hanna, Ian Manners
Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Phosphonates: Access to Inorganic Polymers with a P V –O Main Chain
published pages: 2894-2899, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b13435
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/7 2019-10-15

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