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Enzymatic reactive extrusion: moving towards continuous enzyme-catalysed polyester polymerisation and processing

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This paper demonstrated the feasibility of conducting an enzymatic ring-opening polymerisation by reactive extrusion (REX) at high shear and temperature conditions. Using immobilized Candida antarctica Lipase B (CALB) as catalyst at temperatures ranging from 90 to 130 °C, ω-pentadecalactone (PDL) was converted (>99%) by REX at 60 RPM for 15 min to PPDL with ≥Mw 163 000 g mol−1.

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Submitted
09 May 2015
Accepted
12 Jun 2015
First published
15 Jun 2015

Green Chem., 2015,17, 4146-4150
Article type
Communication

Enzymatic reactive extrusion: moving towards continuous enzyme-catalysed polyester polymerisation and processing

S. Spinella, M. Ganesh, G. Lo Re, S. Zhang, J.-M. Raquez, P. Dubois and R. A. Gross, Green Chem., 2015, 17, 4146
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC00992H

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