Synthesis and post-polymerisation modifications of aliphatic poly(carbonate)s prepared by ring-opening polymerisation

Sarah Tempelaar, Laetitia Mespouille, Olivier Coulembier, Philippe Dubois, Andrew P. Dove

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Owing to their low toxicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability, aliphatic poly(carbonate)s have been widely studied as materials for biomedical application. Furthermore, the synthetic versatility of the six-membered cyclic carbonates for the realization of functional degradable polymers by ring-opening polymerisation has driven wider interest in this area. In this review, the synthesis and ring-opening polymerisation of functional cyclic carbonates that have been reported in the literature in the past decade are discussed. Finally, the post-polymerisation modification methods that have been applied to the resulting homopolymers and copolymers and the application of the materials are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1312-1336
Number of pages25
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

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