Enzyme-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of β-propiolactone

Shuichi Matsumura, Hideki Beppu, Keisuke Tsukada, Kazunobu Toshima

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β-Propiolactone (BPL) was polymerized in bulk using lipase as a catalyst to form the polyester having a molecular weight of greater than 50000. The molecular weight of the polyesters produced by the lipase-catalyzed polymerization of BPL was inversely dependent on the concentration of lipase. Both molecular weight and polymerization speed were increased with increasing reaction temperature from 40 to 60°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1041-1046
Number of pages6
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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