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Cyclic Imidazole Compounds Having Relatively Low Hydrogen Content and Relatively High Nitrogen Content and Polymers and Copolymers Formed Therefrom

Technology #1445d1

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Paul G. Rasmussen
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Jeremy Nelson
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UM File # 1445d1

Imidazoles are monocyclic heteroatomic ring compounds, whose derivatives are used in waste water treatment, or as agricultural chemicals, insecticides, and catalysts. However, the synthesis of imidazole monomers as well as polymers is difficult, and as a result, imidazole compounds and polymers are used in limited quantities and are very costly.
Technology Description
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new family of cyclic imidazole ring compounds which are generally based on new 2-vinyl-4,5-dicyanoimidazoles. The invention also includes polymers and copolymers formed from such compounds. In addition, methods of synthesis which permit production of the new compounds and polymers from relatively inexpensive precursors, which are suitable for scale-up to commercial processing, are provided. See also UM File 1445.
Applications • Synthesis of cylic imidazole compounds
Advantages • Relatively straight-forward and low-costmonomers and polymers • Higher thermal and oxidative stability • Good yields of desirable compounds • Readily adaptable to scale-up