Novel lipase-catalyzed ring-opening copolymerization of oxiranes and succinic anhydride forming polyesters bearing functional groups

Shuichi Matsumura, Takeshi Okamoto, Keisuke Tsukada, Kazunobu Toshima

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Oxiranes, such as glycidyl phenyl ether (GPE) and benzyl glycidate (BG), were copolymerized with succinic anhydride (SA) by lipase at a temperature between 60 and 80°C to yield the corresponding polyesters bearing carboxyl or phenyl groups. Bulk polymerization, especially at the temperature of 80°C, and preferably using porcine pancreatic lipase gave biodegradable polyesters with a molecular weight greater than 5000.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-298
Number of pages4
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jun


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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