Buchmeiser M. R. Homogeneous Metathesis Polymerization by Well-Defined Group VI and Group VII Transition-Metal Alkylidenes: Fundamentals and Applications in the Preparation of Advanced Materials. Chem. Rev. 2000, 100, 1565.
This 2000 review article by Michael Buchmeiser is actually two reviews in one: (i) part catalyst survey and (ii) part summary of specialty polymers and materials that have been created by olefin metathesis. The first part is a comprehensive summary of the synthesis and reactivity of the Group VI (Schrock-type) and Group VIII (Grubbs-type) olefin metathesis catalysts to date, featuring strengths and weaknesses of each. Special attention is paid to catalyst reactivity and stability. The second part covers the polymer applications possible with metathesis catalysts, beginning with “living” polymerizations and polymer tacticity, and then highlighting uses in optical materials, nanoclusters, electron transport, functionalized surfaces, and others. Despite being somewhat dated, this review serves as an excellent source for what has been done, and ideas for what is possible for the future in olefin metathesis.