Enzyme-catalyzed preparation of aliphatic polythioester

Makoto Kato, Kazunobu Toshima, Shuichi Matsumura

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Polythioester exhibits some unique characteristics such as high melting point and poor solubility against various solvents. This report covers the synthesis of polythioester and its chemical recycling using the lipase-catalyzed reaction. The Tm and Tc of poly(11MU) were about 20 °C higher than those of the corresponding oxoester analogue. The obtained poly(HMU) was readily degraded by lipase CA in n-nonane to produce the corresponding cyclic oligomers having a molecular weight of few hundreds. These cyclic oligomers were also polymerized into poly(11MU). Chemical recycling of the polythioester using the enzyme can be expected from these results.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 2005 May 252005 May 27


Other54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005


  • Chemical recycling
  • Cyclic oligomer
  • Enzyme-catalyzed polymerization
  • Polythioester

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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