Room temperature polyesterification

Jeffrey S. Moore, Samuel I Stupp

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Abstract

A new room temperature polymerization method has been developed for the synthesis of high molecular weight polyesters directly from carboxylic acids and phenols. The solution polymerization reaction proceeds under mild conditions, near neutral pH, and also avoids the use of preactivated acid derivatives for esterfication. The reaction is useful in the preparation of isoregic ordered chains with translational polar symmetry and also in the polymerization of functionalized or chiral monomers. The conditions required for polymerization in the carbodiimide-based reaction included catalysis by the 1:1 molecular complex formed by 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine and p-toluenesulfonic acid. Self-condensation of several hydroxy acid monomers by this reaction has produced routinely good yields of polyesters with molecular weights greater than 15 000.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecules
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 8 1990

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Polymerization
Polyesters
Acids
Monomers
Molecular weight
Carbodiimides
Temperature
Hydroxy Acids
Phenols
Carboxylic Acids
Carboxylic acids
Pyridine
Catalysis
Condensation
Derivatives

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Room temperature polyesterification. / Moore, Jeffrey S.; Stupp, Samuel I.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 23, No. 1, 08.01.1990, p. 65-70.

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Moore, JS & Stupp, SI 1990, 'Room temperature polyesterification', Macromolecules, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 65-70.
Moore, Jeffrey S. ; Stupp, Samuel I. / Room temperature polyesterification. In: Macromolecules. 1990 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 65-70.
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