Themed collection Sustainable Polymers

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Editorial

Introduction to the themed collection on sustainable polymers

Antoine Buchard and Tanja Junkers introduce the Polymer Chemistry themed collection on Sustainable Polymers.

Graphical abstract: Introduction to the themed collection on sustainable polymers
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Minireview

Progress on chemical modification of cellulose in “green” solvents

Chemical modification of cellulose in "green" solvents.

Graphical abstract: Progress on chemical modification of cellulose in “green” solvents
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Minireview

Protecting-group-free synthesis of thiol-functionalized degradable polyesters

Protecting-group-free synthesis of thiol-functionalized degradable polyesters has been developed by using chemoselective catalysis and microflow technology.

Graphical abstract: Protecting-group-free synthesis of thiol-functionalized degradable polyesters
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Review Article

A guide towards safe, functional and renewable BPA alternatives by rational molecular design: structure–property and structure–toxicity relationships

Putting the pieces together: a guide for rational molecular design of safe, functional and renewable BPA alternatives.

Graphical abstract: A guide towards safe, functional and renewable BPA alternatives by rational molecular design: structure–property and structure–toxicity relationships
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
Review Article

Recent developments towards performance-enhancing lignin-based polymers

This review examines recent strategies, challenges, and future opportunities in preparing high-performance polymeric materials from lignin and its derivable compounds.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments towards performance-enhancing lignin-based polymers
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Review Article

Synthesis and polymerization of bio-based acrylates: a review

Acrylates and polyacrylates have been produced massively due to their interesting applications like Plexiglas.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and polymerization of bio-based acrylates: a review
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Review Article

Inherently degradable cross-linked polyesters and polycarbonates: resins to be cheerful

We summarise the most recent advances in the synthesis and characterisation of degradable thermosetting polyester and polycarbonates, including partially degradable systems derived from itaconic acid and isosorbide.

Graphical abstract: Inherently degradable cross-linked polyesters and polycarbonates: resins to be cheerful
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Communication

Sustainable synthesis of CO2-derived polycarbonates from D-xylose

Synthetic transformation of D-xylose into a four-membered cyclic ether allows for reactions with CO2 leading to linear polycarbonates by either ring-opening copolymerisation directly or by isolation of a six-membered cyclic carbonate followed by ring-opening polymerisation.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable synthesis of CO2-derived polycarbonates from d-xylose
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
Communication

Limonene as a renewable unsaturated hydrocarbon solvent for living anionic polymerization of β-myrcene

The acyclic monoterpene β-myrcene is polymerized by living anionic polymerization at room temperature using the cyclic monoterpene limonene as an unsaturated hydrocarbon solvent.

Graphical abstract: Limonene as a renewable unsaturated hydrocarbon solvent for living anionic polymerization of β-myrcene
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Communication

Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of a levoglucosenone-derived bi-functional monomer and its ring-opening metathesis polymerization in the green solvent Cyrene™

The levoglucosenone-based norbornenes family was extended to include a new bi-functional methacrylate monomer that, upon ROMP in Cyrene™, leads to polymers with pendent methacrylate moieties which can be modified by post-polymerization reactions.

Graphical abstract: Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of a levoglucosenone-derived bi-functional monomer and its ring-opening metathesis polymerization in the green solvent Cyrene™
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Access to high-molecular-weight poly(γ-butyrolactone) by using simple commercial catalysts

The simple commercial organomagnesium catalysts were utilized for efficient access to high-molecular-weight poly(γ-butyrolactone) and facile manipulation of the reaction conditions enabled the polymer topology controlled.

Graphical abstract: Access to high-molecular-weight poly(γ-butyrolactone) by using simple commercial catalysts
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Ring opening polymerization of β-acetoxy-δ-methylvalerolactone, a triacetic acid lactone derivative

We report here the synthesis and polymerization of a novel disubstituted valerolactone, β-acetoxy-δ-methylvalerolactone, derived from the renewable feedstock triacetic acid lactone (TAL).

Graphical abstract: Ring opening polymerization of β-acetoxy-δ-methylvalerolactone, a triacetic acid lactone derivative
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Structure–property relationships of core-substituted diaryl dihydrophenazine organic photoredox catalysts and their application in O-ATRP

Photoinduced organocatalyzed atom-transfer radical polymerization (O-ATRP) is a controlled radical polymerization technique that can be driven using low-energy, visible light and makes use of organic photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Structure–property relationships of core-substituted diaryl dihydrophenazine organic photoredox catalysts and their application in O-ATRP
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Degradability, thermal stability, and high thermal properties in spiro polycycloacetals partially derived from lignin

Spiro polycycloacetals were synthesized from vanillin and syringaldehyde, along with high-performance co-monomers, exhibiting high glass transition temperatures and thermal stabilities, and rapid rates of hydrolysis in acidic solutions.

Graphical abstract: Degradability, thermal stability, and high thermal properties in spiro polycycloacetals partially derived from lignin
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Paper

Renewable and recyclable covalent adaptable networks based on bio-derived lipoic acid

Lipoic acid provides a modular and bio-sourced platform from which the create covalent adaptable network materials.

Graphical abstract: Renewable and recyclable covalent adaptable networks based on bio-derived lipoic acid
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Paper

Long-chain polyamide covalent adaptable networks based on renewable ethylene brassylate and disulfide exchange

Long-chain polyamide covalent adaptable networks with high strength and short relaxation times were prepared based on a renewable ethylene brassylate and disulfide exchange.

Graphical abstract: Long-chain polyamide covalent adaptable networks based on renewable ethylene brassylate and disulfide exchange
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Polyesters with bio-based ferulic acid units: crosslinking paves the way to property consolidation

A bio-based ferulic acid monomer is inserted in random terpolyesters with high molar mass and offers the possibility of crosslinking after processing. Both ferulate monomer and solvent-free polycondensation make the new materials more sustainable.

Graphical abstract: Polyesters with bio-based ferulic acid units: crosslinking paves the way to property consolidation
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
Paper

Investigating the effect of α-pinene on the ROMP of δ-pinene

Ring opening metathesis polymerization of δ-pinene with varying amounts of α-pinene is explored.

Graphical abstract: Investigating the effect of α-pinene on the ROMP of δ-pinene
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Polyvinyl alcohol modification with sustainable ketones

Water-degradable polyvinyl ketals with high glass transition temperatures (78–127 °C) were made via ketalization of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) with sustainable ketones.

Graphical abstract: Polyvinyl alcohol modification with sustainable ketones
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Paper

Synthetic lignin-like and degradable nanocarriers

Bio-based lignin-like building blocks were synthesized and transformed into polyurethane nanocarriers by interfacial polymerization in a miniemulsion. The nanocarriers were degradable by fungal enzymes and might be used for agrochemical delivery.

Graphical abstract: Synthetic lignin-like and degradable nanocarriers
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Paper

Polymers from sugars and CS2: ring opening copolymerisation of a D-xylose anhydrosugar oxetane

An oxetane derived from D-xylose has been copolymerised with CS2 into sulfur-containing polymers which are chemically recyclable and degradable under UV light.

Graphical abstract: Polymers from sugars and CS2: ring opening copolymerisation of a d-xylose anhydrosugar oxetane
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Novel imino- and aryl-sulfonate based photoacid generators for the cationic ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone

The use of photoacid generators for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters is investigated.

Graphical abstract: Novel imino- and aryl-sulfonate based photoacid generators for the cationic ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
Paper

Stereoselective ring-opening polymerization of functional β-lactones: influence of the exocyclic side-group

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a unique class of polyesters especially due to their chemical diversity imparted by their side-chain substituent that provides a handle to tune their properties, such as their thermal, mechanical and (bio)degradability signature.

Graphical abstract: Stereoselective ring-opening polymerization of functional β-lactones: influence of the exocyclic side-group
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
Paper

Compartmentalized polymerization in aqueous and organic media to low-entangled ultra high molecular weight polyethylene

Catalytic polymerization in compartmentalized aqueous or non-aqueous media, respectively, with functional-group tolerant Ni(II) catalysts yields low-entangled UHMWPE.

Graphical abstract: Compartmentalized polymerization in aqueous and organic media to low-entangled ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Paper

RAFT polymerisation of renewable terpene (meth)acrylates and the convergent synthesis of methacrylate–acrylate–methacrylate triblock copolymers

We now report the synthesis of well-defined terpene-based polymers and precise di- and multiblock copolymer architectures by use of RAFT, wide range of Tg and promising adhesive properties are observed.

Graphical abstract: RAFT polymerisation of renewable terpene (meth)acrylates and the convergent synthesis of methacrylate–acrylate–methacrylate triblock copolymers
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Paper

Synthesis of water-soluble surfactants using catalysed condensation polymerisation in green reaction media

Synthesis and characterisation of novel linear surface-active polymers from temperature sensitive renewable building blocks using an inexpensive catalyst and clean scCO2 as reaction medium.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of water-soluble surfactants using catalysed condensation polymerisation in green reaction media
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Polyamides containing a biorenewable aromatic monomer based on coumalate esters: from synthesis to evaluation of the thermal and mechanical properties

A new biobased alternative for terephthalic acid (TPA) in (semi-)aromatic polyamides is proposed, namely 4-carboxybenzene propionic acid (4CBPA).

Graphical abstract: Polyamides containing a biorenewable aromatic monomer based on coumalate esters: from synthesis to evaluation of the thermal and mechanical properties
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Cationic polyurethane from CO2-polyol as an effective barrier binder for polyaniline-based metal anti-corrosion materials

An internal crosslinked waterborne cationic polyurethane from CO2-polyol featuring neutral characterization was designed and prepared for the development of a sustainable polyaniline-based metal anti-corrosion material.

Graphical abstract: Cationic polyurethane from CO2-polyol as an effective barrier binder for polyaniline-based metal anti-corrosion materials
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Paper

Terpenoid-derived conjugated dienes with exo-methylene and a 6-membered ring: high cationic reactivity, regioselective living cationic polymerization, and random and block copolymerization with vinyl ethers

Biobased exo-methylene-conjugated dienes underwent regioselective living cationic polymerization to result in well-defined homo- and copolymers with good thermal properties.

Graphical abstract: Terpenoid-derived conjugated dienes with exo-methylene and a 6-membered ring: high cationic reactivity, regioselective living cationic polymerization, and random and block copolymerization with vinyl ethers
From the themed collection: Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles
Paper

Sustainable thermoplastic elastomers produced via cationic RAFT polymerization

Cationic polymerization enables production of sustainable thermoplastic elastomers constructed from renewable vinyl ethers and -p-methoxystyrene with properties consistent with their petroleum-derived counterparts.

Graphical abstract: Sustainable thermoplastic elastomers produced via cationic RAFT polymerization
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
Open Access Paper

Make or break: Mg(II)- and Zn(II)-catalen complexes for PLA production and recycling of commodity polyesters

A series of Mg(II) and Zn(II) catalen complexes have been prepared for PLA formation and recycling.

Graphical abstract: Make or break: Mg(ii)- and Zn(ii)-catalen complexes for PLA production and recycling of commodity polyesters
From the themed collection: Sustainable Polymers
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About this collection

This special issue, Guest Edited by Antoine Buchard (University of Bath) and Tanja Junkers (Monash University) presents the most important developments in these fields in novel synthetic methodology and making use of modern methods such as continuous flow chemistry or energy-efficient photochemical reactions for sustainable polymer synthesis.

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