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Current Organic Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1385-2728
ISSN (Online): 1875-5348

Review Article

Recent Advances in Organocatalytic Ring-opening Polymerization

Author(s): Mingjun Ji, Mengqi Wu, Jiayu Han, Fanjun Zhang, Hongwei Peng* and Lihua Guo*

Volume 25 , Issue 2 , 2021

Published on: 17 September, 2020

Page: [272 - 286] Pages: 15

DOI: 10.2174/1385272824999200917151344

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As compared with widely used polyolefin materials, aliphatic polyesters have been primarily used in electronics, packaging, and biomedicine owing to its unique biocompatibility and degradability. At present, ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of lactone is the main method to synthesize polyesters. Two types of catalysts, including metal-based catalysts and organocatalysts, were most researched today. However, metal-based catalysts lead to polymer materials with metal residues, which limits its properties and applications. As a result, organocatalysts have received great attention. In this review, the progress of organocatalytic ring-opening polymerization in the past decades was systematically summarized. The potential challenges and development directions in this field are also discussed.

Keywords: Ring-opening polymerization, organocatalysts, aliphatic polyesters, phosphazene base, N-heterocyclic carbenes, (thio)urea.

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