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Continuous flow ring-opening polymerizations

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Ring-opening polymerization is one of the three polymerization methodologies, together with addition polymerization and polycondensation. Poly(ester), poly(2-oxazoline), poly(phosphoester), poly(ether), poly(amino acid) and nylon 6 are mainly synthesized via ring-opening polymerizations of their corresponding cyclic monomers. To obtain well-defined and cost-effective polymers, the combination of ring-opening polymerization and microflow technology has drawn great interest from both academia and industry. This article highlighted recent progress in continuous flow ring-opening polymerizations. Lactone, lactide, 2-oxazoline and cyclic phosphate were assessed as cyclic monomers in consecutive order. The challenge and outlook for microfluidic ring-opening polymerization were also discussed.

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The article was received on 11 Nov 2016, accepted on 09 Dec 2016 and first published on 09 Dec 2016

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00206D
Citation: React. Chem. Eng., 2017,2, 20-26

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    Continuous flow ring-opening polymerizations

    X. Hu, N. Zhu, Z. Fang and K. Guo, React. Chem. Eng., 2017, 2, 20
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00206D

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