Degradable Aliphatic Polyesters


Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 157)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Ann-Christine Albertsson, Indra K. Varma
    Pages 1-40
  3. Kajsa M. Stridsberg, Maria Ryner, Ann-Christine Albertsson
    Pages 41-65
  4. U. Edlund, A. -C. Albertsson
    Pages 67-112
  5. Margaretha Söderqvist Lindblad, Yan Liu, Ann-Christine Albertsson, Elisabetta Ranucci, Sigbritt Karlsson
    Pages 139-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-179

About this book


A renewed interest in aliphatic polyesters has resulted in developing materials important in the biomedical and ecological fields. Mainly materials such as PLA and PCL homopolymers have so far been used in most applications. There are many other monomers which can be used. Different molecular structures give a wider range of physical properties as well as the possibility of regulating the degradation rate. By using different types of initiators and catalysts, ring-opening polymerization of lactones and lactides provides macromolecules with advanced molecular architectures. In the future, new degradable polymers should be able to participate in the metabolism of nature. Some examples of novel polymers with inherent environmentally favorable properties such as renewability and degradability and a series of interesting monomers found in the metabolisms and cycles of nature are given.


Homopolymer Makromoleküle Polycarbonat Polyester Polymerabbau Polymere Umweltschutz environmental protection macromolecules polymer polymer degradation polymers

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-42249-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-45734-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-3195
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