N-Heterocyclic carbene (NHC) has been widely used as a ligand for transition metal complexes and as an organocatalyst. Herein, the recent progress of synthetic polymer chemistry made by NHC is briefly reviewed. NHC serves as an efficient catalyst for ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters and group transfer polymerization of (meth)acrylates. Living polymerization of ethylene oxide proceeds by NHC initiator. New polymeric materials such as dynamic covalent polymers and main chain organometallic polymers can be prepared from difunctional NHC.
2010 社団法人 有機合成化学協会