Polyphosphoesters: An Old Biopolymer in a New Light

Kristin N. Bauer, Hisaschi T.C. Tee, Evandro M. Alexandrino, Frederik R. Wurm

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Nature on planet Earth is dominated by polyphosphoesters (PPEs). They structure and determine life in the form of deoxy‐ and ribonucleic acid (DNA and RNA), and, as pyrophosphates, they store chemical energy in organisms. Polymer chemistry, however, is dominated by the non‐degradable polyolefins and degradable polycarboxylic acid esters (PCEs) that are produced on a large scale today. Recent work has illustrated the potential of PPEs for future applications beyond flame‐retardancy, the main application of PPEs today, and provides a coherent vision to implement this classic biopolymer in modern applications that demand biocompatibility and degradability as well as the possibility to adjust the properties to individual needs. This chapter will summarize the synthetic platforms that have been developed for PPEs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymers for Biomedicine
Subtitle of host publicationSynthesis, Characterization, and Applications
ISBN (Electronic)9781118967904
ISBN (Print)9781118966570
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

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