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Enzyme-Catalyzed Ring-Opening Polymerization of Seven-Membered Ring Lactones Leading to Terminal-Functionalized and Triblock Polyesters
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
2006 (English)In: Macromolecules, ISSN 0024-9297, E-ISSN 1520-5835, Vol. 39, no 1, 46-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Terminal-functionalized polyesters and triblock polyesters were synthesized by lipase-CA-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of seven-membered ring lactones, i.e., 1,5-dioxepan-2-one (DXO) and epsilon-caprolactone (CL), in the bulk in the presence of an appropriate alcohol that acts as an initiator. To introduce a double bond at the chain end, 4-pentene-2-ol was used to initiate the polymerization of the lactones. The unsaturation introduced at the chain end in this way is a useful approach for synthesizing comb polymers. Two different dihydroxyl compounds, viz. poly(caprolactone diol) and poly(ethylene glycol), were used as macro-initiators. Triblock copolymers were synthesized in this way, where the macro-initiator formed the middle block. Polymers having different degrees of polymerization were synthesized by varying the molar feed ratio of monomer to initiator. DXO and CL showed significant differences in reactivity toward lipase-CA-catalyzed polymerization initiated by different alcohols as initiators. The polymers were characterized by FTIR, NMR, SEC, optical microscopy, and DSC techniques.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 39, no 1, 46-54 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcohols, Copolymers, Monomers, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Optical microscopy, Polyesters, Dihydroxyl compounds, DSC techniques, Ring lactones, SEC, Polymerization
National Category
Polymer Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7006DOI: 10.1021/ma0518508ISI: 000234500100012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-30944444008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-7006DiVA: diva2:11880
Note
QC 20100818Available from: 2007-04-20 Created: 2007-04-20 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Novel methods to synthesize aliphatic polyesters of vivid architectures
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Novel methods to synthesize aliphatic polyesters of vivid architectures
2005 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Cross-linked films of ε-caprolactone (CL) and 1,5-dioxepan-2-one (DXO) having various mole fractions of monomers and different cross-link densities were prepared using 2,2’-bis-(-caprolactone-4-yl) propane (BCP) as cross-linking agent and Sn(Oct)2 as catalyst. Reaction parameters were examined to optimize the film-forming conditions. Networks obtained were elastomeric materials, easy to cast and remove from the mould. Effect of CL content and cross-link density on the final properties of the polymer network was evaluated. Thermal, mechanical and surface properties of the films were controlled by monomer feed composition and cross-link density. The films have potential to be used for tissue engineering applications as shown by preliminary cell growth studies. To avoid organometallic catalysts in the synthesis of poly(1,5-dioxepan-2-one) (PDXO), the enzyme-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of DXO was performed with lipase-CA (derived from Candida antarctica) as a biocatalyst. A linear relationship between number-average molecular weight (Mn) and monomer conversion was observed, which suggested that the product molecular weight can be controlled by the stoichiometry of the reactants. The monomer consumption followed a first-order rate law with respect to monomer and no chain termination occurred. Effect of reaction water content, enzyme concentration and polymerization temperature on monomer conversion and polymer properties was studied. An initial activation by heating the enzyme was sufficient to start the polymerization as monomer conversion occurred at room temperature afterwards. Terminal-functionalized polyesters and tri-block polyesters were synthesized by lipase-CA catalyzed ROP of DXO and CL in the presence of an appropriate alcohol as initiator. Alcohol bearing unsaturation introduced a double bond at the chain end of the polyester, which is a useful pathway to synthesize comb polymers. Dihydroxyl compounds were used as macro-initiators to form tri-block polyesters. The enzyme-catalyzed polymerization of lactones has been shown to be a useful method to synthesize metal-free polyesters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2005. 84 p.
Series
Trita-FPT-Report, ISSN 1652-2443 ; 2005:38
Keyword
Polyesters, 1, 5-dioxepan-2-one, Caprolactone, Sn(Oct)2, Enzyme, Lipase-CA, Ring-Opening Polymerization, Architecture, Tissue Engineering
National Category
Polymer Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-511 (URN)91-7178-191-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2005-12-02, E2, Huvudbyggnaden, Lindstedtsvägen 3, Entreplan KTH, Stockholm, 10:00
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QC 20101221Available from: 2005-11-24 Created: 2005-11-24 Last updated: 2010-12-21Bibliographically approved
2. Aliphatic Polyesters for Soft Tissue Engineering: Development from Conventional Organometallic to Novel Enzymatic Catalysis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aliphatic Polyesters for Soft Tissue Engineering: Development from Conventional Organometallic to Novel Enzymatic Catalysis
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The development of macromolecules with defined structure and properties, aimed specifically for biomedical applications, has resulted in diverse biodegradable polymers with advanced architectures. Among them, aliphatic polyesters synthesized by ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of lactones and lactides have a leading position due to their good mechanical properties, hydrolyzability and biocompatibility. To achieve tailored properties and controlled architecture, the technique for ROP of lactones and lactides has been continuously refined in the past years. Enzyme-catalyzed ROP is one of the most promising tools, which avoids the use of toxic organometallic catalysts and brings a “green-chemistry” appeal with it. In the work described in this thesis, enzyme-catalyzed ROP of 1,5-dioxepan-2-one (DXO), ε-caprolactone (CL) and lactides (L-, D- and D,L-lactide) was performed in bulk using Lipases from different sources. The effects of enzyme concentration, polymerization temperature and reaction water content on the monomer conversion and the polymer molecular weight during DXO polymerization were studied, and the role of water as initiator was confirmed. Terminal functionalized, block, comb and star polymers were synthesized using different alcohols as initiator in the enzyme-catalyzed ROP of DXO, CL or lactides under strictly anhydrous conditions. The effect of simultaneous and sequential copolymerization of DXO and CL on the micro-block structure of the copolymers was studied and the reactivity ratios of DXO and CL were determined under Lipase catalysis. High molecular weight copolymers of DXO and CL thus obtained were fabricated into porous scaffolds for tissue implant applications. Enzymatic degradation and alkaline hydrolysis of lactides was performed to study the effect of molecular branches and the stereochemistry of the monomer on the degradation profile. In another approach, cross-linked films of DXO and CL were prepared using 2,2´-bis-(ε-caprolactone-4-yl) propane (BCP) as the cross-linking agent and Sn(Oct)2 as the catalyst. The networks obtained thereof were elastomeric materials, easy to cast and remove from the mould.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2007. 125 p.
Series
Trita-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2007:2
Keyword
aliphatic polyester, 1, 5-dioxepan-2-one, ε-caprolactone, L-lactide, D-lactide, D, L-lactide, enzyme, lipase CA, lipase PS
National Category
Polymer Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4341 (URN)978-91-7178-595-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-05-04, F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stoclholm, 10:15
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QC 20100818Available from: 2007-04-20 Created: 2007-04-20 Last updated: 2011-02-21Bibliographically approved

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