Biomass derivable epichlorohydrin undergoes ring-opening copolymerization with either succinic or itaconic anhydride (both biosourcable) under standard laboratory conditions using metal-based or an entirely organic initiator to form highly functionalized, low molecular weight polyesters. The linear polyesters obtained from epichlorohydrin and itaconic anhydride contain both alkyl chlorides and α,β-unsaturated esters and can be crosslinked to form insoluble resins by treatment with di- to tetra-functional amines and thiols. Crosslinking with amines predominately occurs through the alkyl chlorides whilst crosslinking with thiols occurs through the α,β-unsaturated esters allowing the synthesis of insoluble polyester derived resins with complementary and controllable functionalities.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Polymer Science|
|Early online date||24 Oct 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2022|
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- ring-opening copolymerization