Ferrocene, the crown of metallocene family, is widely studied as a functional
unit in electrochemical and catalytic applications due to its sandwich structure. Ferrocene
moieties can be embedded into the polymer backbone, leading to main-chain ferrocenecontaining
polymers. These polymeric materials combine the unique functionalities of
iron center with the processabilities of polymers. As one of the choice polymerization
techniques, acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization serves as a versatile
method to prepare main-chain ferrocene-containing polymers under mild conditions using
α,ω-dienes as monomers. This paper overviews main-chain ferrocene-containing polymers
prepared by ADMET polymerization. Advances in the design, synthesis and applications
of this class of organometallic monomers and polymers are detailed.
Keywords: Ferrocene, main-chain, metallocene, metallopolymer, acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET), polymerization.
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