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Marine-degradable polylactic acid

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Abstract

Polyesteracetal (PEA) copolymers of 1,3-dioxolan-4-one (DOX) with L-lactide (LA) were synthesized via ring-opening polymerization (ROP). Facile degradability in distilled water or seawater was observed—presumably via hydrolysis of the main-chain acetal functionality. Over 45 days, mass loss approached 2% and molecular weight loss (Mn) exceeded 15%; control experiments with polylactic acid (PLA) indicated no degradation.

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The article was received on 21 Dec 2013, accepted on 26 Feb 2014 and first published on 26 Feb 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3GC42604A
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Citation: Green Chem., 2014,16, 1768-1773
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    Marine-degradable polylactic acid

    R. T. Martin, L. P. Camargo and S. A. Miller, Green Chem., 2014, 16, 1768
    DOI: 10.1039/C3GC42604A

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