Since the last ASI in Turkey in Sept. 1995, the olefin metathesis has made remarkable strong developments with an incredible speed in various directions. New catalyst systems have been developed which have resulted in the synthesis of novel materials. Other fascinating developments have been the new catalysts for stereoselective metathesis and catalysts with considerable functional group tolerance. These new catalysts in addition to Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation (ROMP) and Acyclic Diene Metathesis (ADMET) are now powerful tools for Ring Closing Metathesis (RCM) and have found many applications in the synthesis of natural products. A lot of information has been established about all aspects of the olefin metathesis and there is a vast literature concerning the process, covering the initiators, mechanistic features and applications of this reaction in organic and polymer synthesis. The NATO ASI on rd th ROMP and Related Chemistry took place in Polanica-Zdroj, Poland during 3 to 15 Sept. 2000, to highlight the developments in this area and to discuss the prospects and visions for the year 2000 and beyond. The aims of the ASI were: to provide a platform for dissemination of knowledge; to promote communication between people who have a serious interest in this field of chemistry; to help establishing international scientific contacts and to provide an opportunity for the scientists with an appropriate scientific background to learn of recent developments in this field of science. There were 15 lecturers and 67 participants in this NATO ASI.
Preface. Acknowledgment. Contributors. Part IPolymerisation. Romp and Related Chemistry: Past, Present and Future; K.J. Ivin. Mechanism of Ruthenium Based Olefin Metathesis Catalysts; R.H. Grubbs, M. Sanford. Ruthenium Catalysts for Romp and Related Chemistry; A. Muhlebach, et al. Blockiness and Tacticity in Ring Opening Metathesis Polymers; V. Amir-Ebrahimi, et al. High Resolution NMR and Romp; A.M. Kenwright. Part II. Applications of Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation. Applications of Romp in the Synthesis of Functional Polymers: an Approach to Novel Organic/Inorganic Composites; W.J Feast, et al. Macromolecular Engineering Using Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation; V. Heroguez, Y. Gnanou. Synthesis of new Macromolecular Architectures Based on Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation and Atom transfer Radical polymerisation; A. Demonceau, et al. Well-Defined Crosslinked Materials via Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM)-Romp; E. Khosravi. New Materials from Thermal and Photo -Induced Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation (Romp/Promp); A. Muhlebach, et al. Novel Polymeric Materials via Romp Using Well-Defined Initiators; E. Khosravi. Synthesis and Characterizations SCLC-Homopolymers and Blockcopolymers; K. Viertler, et al. Romp of Norbornene Derivatives of Amino-Esters and Amino-Acids; M. North. Romp of Norbornene Derivatives of Peptides and Nuclei-Acids; M. North. Applications of Romp in the Synthesis of Functional Polymers: Electro-Active Polymeric Materials; W.J. Feast. Romp Polymers in Electronic Applications Conjugated Polymers, Polyelectrolytes and Photoresist Polymers; F. Stelzer, et al. Romp in the Synthesis of Well-Defined Catalytic Support; M.R. Buchmeiser. High Performance Materials for Separation Techniques via Romp; M.R. Buchmeiser. Free Radical Forming Activity of The Grubbs Catalyst and Related Organometallics; V. Amir-Ebrahimi, et al. Dual Activity of Ruthenium Complexes in Olefin Metathesis and Radical Reactions; A. Demonceau, et al. Applications of the Olefin Metathesis Reaction to Industrial Processes; F. Lefebvre. Stereo-Selectivity of Monocyclooferin Ring-Opening Metathesis; V.I. Bykov, et al. Effective Syntheses of natural Compounds using Ring Opening Metathesis as a Key Reaction ; V.I. Bykov, et al. Part III. Acyclic Diene Metathesis and Other Related Chemistry. Metal-Containing Polymers via Admet Chemistry; F.J. Gomez, K.B. Wagener. Metathesis Polycondensation of substituted &rgr;-Divinyl-Benzenes: A Way to Easily Processable &rgr;-Phenylene-Vinylene (PV) Oligomers with Valuable Properties; E. Thorn- -Csanyi. Functionalized Polyethylene Synthesis via Admet Chemistry; J.E. Schwendeman, et al. Romp and Admet Polymerisation with Carbine Complexes as Catalysts; K. Weiss, M. Thuering. Silylative Coupling Polycondensation (SCP) vs. Admet Polymerisation of Divinyl Substituted Silicon Compounds; B. Marciniec. Metathesis Polymerisation of Alkynes; K. Weiss, C. Wirth. Polymerization of Cyclic Olefins and Alkynes by seven-Coordinates Tungsten (II) and Molybdenum (II) Compounds; T. Szymańska-Buzar. Study of the Activity and Stereoselectivity of Some Metathesis Catalysts with Acyclic Internal Olefins; F. Lefebvre, et al. Applications of Olefin Metathesis in the Oleochemistry; J.C. Mol. Cross Metathesis vs. Silylative Coupling of Olefins with Vinyl Substituted Silicon Compounds in the Presence of Transition Metal Complexes; B. Marciniec. Part IV: Short