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Benzyl β-malolactonate polymers: a long story with recent advances

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Abstract

Poly(benzyl β-malolactonate) (PMLABe) is an aliphatic renewable, biocompatible, biodegradable, hydrophobic polyester of the poly(hydroxyalkanoate) (PHA) family. Along with the hydrophilic parent poly(β-malic acid) (PMLA), PMLABe and PMLA have been studied as materials for biomedical applications. Herein, advances on the synthesis of benzyl β-malolactonate (MLABe) and the related alkyl β-malolactonates (MLARs), PMLABe homopolymers and copolymers, are reviewed. Focus is placed on the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of MLABe and on copolymers of MLABe, with relevant data on the performances of the initiating systems and on the PMLABes molecular characteristics, along with detailed mechanistic insights, being reported.

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Submitted
06 Feb 2014
Accepted
26 Feb 2014
First published
05 Mar 2014

Polym. Chem., 2014,5, 4168-4194
Article type
Review Article
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Benzyl β-malolactonate polymers: a long story with recent advances

C. G. Jaffredo and S. M. Guillaume, Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 4168
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00170B

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