Newly developed techniques on polycondensation, ring-opening polymerization and polymer modification : Focus on poly(lactic acid)

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Original languageEnglish
Article number133
Journal / PublicationMaterials
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2016

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Polycondensation and ring-opening polymerization are two important polymer synthesis methods. Poly(lactic acid), the most typical biodegradable polymer, has been researched extensively from 1900s. It is of significant importance to have an up-to-date review on the recent improvement in techniques for biodegradable polymers. This review takes poly(lactic acid) as the example to present newly developed polymer synthesis techniques on polycondensation and ring-opening polymerization reported in the recent decade (2005-2015) on the basis of industrial technique modifications and advanced laboratory research. Different polymerization methods, including various solvents, heating programs, reaction apparatus and catalyst systems, are summarized and compared with the current industrial production situation. Newly developed modification techniques for polymer properties improvement are also discussed based on the case of poly(lactic acid).

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  • Modification technique, Poly(lactic acid), Polycondensation, Polymer synthesis, Ring-opening polymerization

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