Preparation of poly(β-malic acid) by enzymatic ring-opening polymerization of benzyl β-malolactonate

Shuichi Matsumura, Hideki Beppu, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Shuichi Osanai, Kazunobu Toshima

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Poly(β-malic acid) was prepared by lipase-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of benzyl β-malolactonate with subsequent debenzylation. Benzyl β-malolactonate was readily polymerized by porcine pancreatic lipase or Novozyme 435 lipase at 60 °C to yield poly(benzyl β-malate) having a molecular weight of greater than 7000.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-796
Number of pages2
JournalChemistry Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1


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