TOPAS Advanced Polymers
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What is Norbornene?

TOPAS Advanced Polymers is the world's largest producer of the monomer and chemical intermediate norbornene (2-norbornene, norbornen, or norbornylene). This versatile bridged, unsaturated cyclic molecule is used in pharmaceutical intermediates, agricultural compounds, specialty fragrances and high-damping rubber. It is also used in the manufacture of TOPAS® COC polymers.

  • Formula: C7H10
  • Molar mass: 94.2 g/mol
  • Melting point: 46°C
  • Boiling point: 96°C

We offer both standard and high-purity versions of this bicyclic olefin. It is made by the Diels-Alder reaction of cyclopentadiene and ethylene, two readily available hydrocarbons. The resulting molecule, a bicyclic olefin, is a bridged six-membered ring with a double bond on one side. The bridged ring puts extra strain on the double bond, making it highly reactive and useful in organic chemical synthesis. Reactions include ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP), radical or cationic polymerization, and vinyl or addition polymerization.

Norbornene is available worldwide from TOPAS Advanced Polymers GmbH. Please contact us to learn more about supply options.

Norbornene datasheets

Please note that our product is not the same as VNB (vinyl norbornene) or ENB (ethylidene norbornene). We do not manufacture these products. We also do not manufacture polynorbornene.