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Synthesis of functionalized biodegradable polyesters

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Abstract

This tutorial review summarizes recent developments in the syntheses of functionalized aliphatic polyesters. These polymers are attracting attention as sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals and for applications in medicine. Two main syntheses are described: step polymerization using mild chemo/enzymatic catalysis and ring opening polymerization, which is usually initiated by metal complexes. The methods are compared and their utility illustrated with reference to interesting new materials.

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Submitted
14 Mar 2007
First published
13 Jul 2007

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007,36, 1573-1580
Article type
Tutorial Review

Synthesis of functionalized biodegradable polyesters

C. K. Williams, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 1573
DOI: 10.1039/B614342N

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