Enzymatic ring-opening polymerization of oxiranes and dicarboxylic anhydrides

Yasuyuki Soeda, Takeshi Okamoto, Kazunobu Toshima, Shuichi Matsumura

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Oxiranes, such as glycidyl phenyl ether, benzyl glycidate, glycidyl methyl ether, and styrene oxide, were copolymerized with dicarboxylic anhydrides, such as succinic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, and maleic anhydride, by the action of an enzyme in a stepwise reaction to produce the corresponding polyesters containing some ether linkages having a maximum M̄w of 13 500. Oxiranes, such as glycidol and glycidyl phenyl ether, were also homopolymerized and copolymerized with other oxiranes by the enzyme to produce the corresponding polyethers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-436
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecular Bioscience
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Dicarboxylic anhydride
  • Enzymes
  • Oxirane
  • Polyesters
  • Polyethers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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