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Degradable Aliphatic Polyesters

Volume 157 of the series Advances in Polymer Science pp 41-65

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Controlled Ring-Opening Polymerization: Polymers with designed Macromolecular Architecture

  • Kajsa M. StridsbergAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of PolytechnicsDepartment of Polymer Technology, The Royal Institute of Technology
  • , Maria RynerAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of PolytechnicsDepartment of Polymer Technology, The Royal Institute of Technology
  • , Ann-Christine AlbertssonAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of PolytechnicsDepartment of Polymer Technology, The Royal Institute of Technology

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Ring-opening polymerization Lactones Lactides Kinetics Coordination-insertion mechanism Macromolecular architecture