Controlled synthesis of biodegradable polyesters

Pieter J. Dijkstra, Zhiyuan Zhong, Wim M. Stevels, Jan Feijen

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    The application of new initiators for the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters has markedly improved the macromolecular engineering of biodegradable polyesters. A wide variety of complex macromolecular architectures can nowadays be prepared using these initiators. Decisive factors in achieving this are the range of monomers that can be polymerized, and the favourable rates of polymerization obtained for these monomers. The number of papers dealing with the exciting synthetic aspects of these initiators is rapidly increasing. A historic overview of the developments in this area is presented in this paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBiorelated polymers
    Subtitle of host publicationSustainable polymer science and technology
    EditorsEmo Chiellini, Helena Gil, Gerhart Braunegg, Johanna Buchert, Paul Gatenholm, Maarten van der Zee
    Place of PublicationBoston, MA
    PublisherKluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4757-3374-7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4419-3369-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    Event1st International Conference on Biopolymer Technology 1999 - Coimbra, Portugal
    Duration: 29 Sep 19991 Oct 1999
    Conference number: 1


    Conference1st International Conference on Biopolymer Technology 1999


    • Aluminium isopropoxide
    • Cyclic ester
    • Stannous octoate
    • Aluminium alkoxide
    • Macromolecular architecture

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