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Ring-opening copolymerization of maleic anhydride or L-Lactide with tert-butyl glycidyl ether by using efficient Ti and Zr benzoxazole-substituted 8-Hydroxyquinolinate catalysts

Ring-opening copolymerization of maleic anhydride or L-Lactide with tert-butyl glycidyl ether by using efficient Ti and Zr benzoxazole-substituted 8-Hydroxyquinolinate catalysts
Ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of maleic anhydride (MA) or L-Lactide (L-LA) with tert-butyl glycidyl ether (tBGE) were carried out in the presence of Ti and Zr complexes of benzoxazole substituted 8-hydroxyquinoline ligands (1a-3a and 1b-3b), delivering nearly alternative P(tBGE-co-MA) and block-like P(tBGE)-b-PLLA co-polymers with high molecular weight (M n) and narrow to broad molecular weight distributions (M w/M n). The molecular structures of the Ti and Zr complexes (1a and 3b) were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The Zr complex 3b exhibited superior reactivity and produced copolymers within one hour at 80 °C in dry toluene (M n,GPC = 14–40 Kg mol-1 and M w/M n = 1.19–1.55). In case of P(tBGE-co-MA) copolymer synthesis, the polymer arm with tBGE fraction was building faster (82–100 unit%) compared to MA (52–99 unit%). In contrast, incorporation of L-LA was higher (82–99 unit%) compared to tBGE insertion (20–60 unit%) in P(tBGE)-b-PLLA copolymer synthesis.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0032386117306511

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