Synthesis and properties of green sustainable carbonate-type nonionics containing polyoxyethylene chains

Taisuke Banno, Hiroshi Sato, Takayuki Tsuda, Shuichi Matsumura

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A series of polyoxyethylene surfactants containing carbonate linkages as biodegradable and chemically recyclable segments was designed and synthesized by a green process. A two-step carbonate exchange reaction was used: dimethyl or diphenyl carbonate was reacted with 1-alkanol, and the product was reacted with poly (ethylene) glycol in the presence of a lipase or chemical catalyst. The obtained carbonate-type nonionics exhibited good surface-active properties such as a low critical micelle concentration value and a surface tension lowering action. They were readily biodegraded by activated sludge, furthermore, could be chemical recycled using a lipase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of oleo science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1



  • Biodegradability
  • Carbonate linkage
  • Chemical recycling
  • Green surfactant
  • Surface activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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