The cobalt-catalyzed alternating copolymerization of epoxides and carbon monoxide: A novel approach to polyesters

Markus Allmendinger, Robert Eberhardt, Gerrit Luinstra, Bernhard Rieger

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Abstract

The metal-catalyzed synthesis of polyolefins, polyketones, and polycarbonates is well-known in academia and is already successfully applied in industrial processes. Still missing, however, is the metal-catalyzed synthesis of aliphatic polyesters, as one of the most important biodegradeable polymer families. We report here on the cobalt-catalyzed alternating copolymerization of propylene oxide and carbon monoxide, affording atactic and isotactic polyhydroxybutyrates (PHB). The postulated mechanism is supported by online ATR-IR analytics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5646-5647
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume124
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 May 2002
Externally publishedYes

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