Ruthenium Grubbs' catalyst nanostructures grown by UV-excimer-laser ablation for self-healing applications

Brahim Aissa, R. Nechache, E. Haddad, W. Jamroz, P. G. Merle, F. Rosei

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A self healing composite material consisting of 5-Ethylidene-2-Norbornene (5E2N) monomer reacted with Ruthenium Grubbs' Catalyst (RGC) was prepared. First, the kinetics of the 5E2N ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) reaction RGC was studied as a function of temperature. We show that the polymerization reaction is still effective in a large temperature range (-15 to 45°C), occurring at short time scales (less than 1 min at 40°C). Second, the amount of RGC required for ROMP reaction significantly decreased through its nanostructuration by means of a UV-excimer laser ablation process. RGC nanostructures of few nanometers in size where successfully obtained directly on silicon substrates. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data strongly suggest that the RGC still keep its original stoichiometry after nanostructuration. More importantly, the associated ROMP reaction was successfully achieved at an extreme low RGC concentration equivalent to (11.16 ± 1.28) × 10 -4 Vol.%, occurring at very short time reaction. This approach opens new prospects for using healing agent nanocomposite materials for self-repair functionality, thereby obtaining a higher catalytic efficiency per unit mass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9800-9804
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Grubbs' catalyst
  • Laser ablation
  • Nanocomposite
  • Nanostructures
  • Self-healing materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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