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Issue 2, 2010
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Stereocontrolled ring-opening polymerisation of lactide

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The important advances and current trends in the stereocontrolled ring-opening polymerisation of lactide are discussed in this tutorial review. Microstructures, structural characterisation methods and the properties of stereoregular poly(lactide)s are examined. The application of metal-based catalysts dominates this area although simple anionic polymerisation and organocatalytic routes that demonstrate control of the polymer tacticity are discussed.

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The article was received on 08 Jul 2009 and first published on 01 Oct 2009

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B815104K
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 486-494

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    Stereocontrolled ring-opening polymerisation of lactide

    M. J. Stanford and A. P. Dove, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 486
    DOI: 10.1039/B815104K

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