Using Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP) to Generate Water-Soluble Polymers

Primary Inventors: 
Description: 

Water-soluble polymers have traditionally been synthesized via free radical polymerization methods. This technology provides a facile synthesis route to water-soluble polymers by leveraging Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP). This novel approach allows for the use of a plurality of newly designed, norbonene-based water-soluble monomers and provides a whole new class of polymeric materials with tremendous commercial potential spanning from superabsorbent materials to contact lenses to new scaffolds for regenerative medicine.

Applications: 
  • Superabsorbent materials or hydrogels for the manufacture of personal disposable hygiene and healthcare products, as well as water retention or blocking agents for horticultural, agricultrual, industrial and environmental applications
  • Manufacture of personal care and cosmetics products
  • Manufacture of contact lenses
  • Manufacture of antibiofouling polymer coatings and materials
  • Development of scaffolds for regenerative medicine; bioadhesives
Advantages: 
  • Versatility of monomer synthesis and functionalization
  • Ease of polymerization and copolymer synthesis; commercially recognized chemistry
  • Wide choice of ROMP monomers and cross linkers to meet the unique needs of various end-use applications 
Licensing Status: 
Available for Licensing or Sponsored Research
Patent Status: 

Issued Patent US 8,329,927

Docket: 
UMA 08-04
For More Information: 

Ling X. Shen, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Senior Licensing Officer

Commercial Ventures & Intellectual Property
Phone: 413-545-5276
E-Mail: lxshen@research.umass.edu