Date: 15 Feb 2002

Controlled Ring-Opening Polymerization: Polymers with designed Macromolecular Architecture

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This paper reviews ring-opening polymerization of lactones and lactides with different types of initiators and catalysts as well as their use in the synthesis of macromolecules with advanced architecture. The purpose of this paper is to review the latest developments within the coordination-insertion mechanism, and to describe the mechanisms and typical kinetic features. Cationic and anionic ring-opening polymerizations are mentioned only briefly.