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Polymerization of racemic β-butyrolactone using supported catalysts: a simple access to isotactic polymers

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Grafting of [Ln(BH4)3(THF)3] (Ln = La, Nd) onto silica affords materials containing well-identified bis(borohydride) surface species. The neodymium-decorated silica converts the β-butyrolactone monomer into highly isotactic poly(β-hydroxybutyrate). Under similar conditions, the molecular precursor gives rise to an atactic polymer.

Graphical abstract: Polymerization of racemic β-butyrolactone using supported catalysts: a simple access to isotactic polymers

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Submitted
11 Nov 2009
Accepted
11 Dec 2009
First published
08 Jan 2010

Chem. Commun., 2010,46, 1032-1034
Article type
Communication

Polymerization of racemic β-butyrolactone using supported catalysts: a simple access to isotactic polymers

N. Ajellal, G. Durieux, L. Delevoye, G. Tricot, C. Dujardin, C. M. Thomas and R. M. Gauvin, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 1032
DOI: 10.1039/B923546A

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