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Synthesis of biorenewable and water-degradable polylactam esters from itaconic acid

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Abstract

Itaconic acid, a naturally occurring compound mass-produced via fermentation of glucose, was reacted with ethanolamine or ethylene diamine to afford hydroxy-acid or diacid monomers containing the 2-pyrrolidone lactam. Homopolymerization or copolymerization with diols, respectively, yielded polylactam esters with higher glass transition temperatures and faster hydrolytic degradation compared to the commercial polyester polylactic acid (PLA).

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of biorenewable and water-degradable polylactam esters from itaconic acid

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Submitted
15 Apr 2016
Accepted
16 Jun 2016
First published
23 Jun 2016

Green Chem., 2016,18, 4170-4175
Article type
Communication

Synthesis of biorenewable and water-degradable polylactam esters from itaconic acid

P. Qi, H. Chen, H. T. H. Nguyen, C. Lin and S. A. Miller, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 4170
DOI: 10.1039/C6GC01081D

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