Novel synthesis of biodegradable polyesters

Z. Y. Zhong*, P. J. Dijkstra, J. Feijen

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    A calcium-based initiator systems for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters was investigated. It was found that calcium as one of the major minerals in mammalians were known to participate in the human metabolism. A new chiral aluminum alkoxides was also developed for the stereoselective polymerization of lactide that allowed synthesis of polylactides with varied microstructures and properties. High level of stereoselectivity and polymerization control was accomplished even for polymerization conducted in toluene at 110°C or in bulk at 130°C which represented a solvent-free stereoselective lactide polymerization.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransactions - 7th World Biomaterials Congress
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
    Event7th World Biomaterials Congress, WBC 2004 - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 17 May 200421 May 2004
    Conference number: 7


    Conference7th World Biomaterials Congress, WBC 2004
    Abbreviated titleWBC


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