Enzyme-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of 1,3-dioxan-2-one to poly(trimethylene carbonate)

Shuichi Matsumura, Keisuke Tsukada, Kazunobu Toshima

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The preparation of poly(trimethylene carbonate) [P(TMC)] by the enzymatic ring-opening polymerization of the six member, 1,3-dioxan-2-one (TMC) is studied with respect to the reaction conditions and origin of the enzyme. It was found that cyclic carbonate TMC was readily polymerized in the presence of lipase at the corresponding P(TMC). No elimination of carbon dioxide by the enzymatic preparation of TMC was detected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3122-3124
Number of pages3
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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