Enzymatic preparation of malate-based polycarboxylates having higher molecular weights by copolymerization with lactone

Shuichi Matsumura, Hideki Beppu, Kazunobu Toshima

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A strategy for increasing the molecular weight of malate-based polycarboxylates by the enzymatic polymerization of benzyl β-malolactonate (BML) with organic additives was studied. The lipase-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of BML was significantly promoted by the addition of a small amount of β-propiolactone (PL) to yield polycarboxylates having an M̄w of 32000 without a significant decrease in the inherent carboxy content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-250
Number of pages2
JournalChemistry Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1


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