Renaissance of aliphatic polycarbonates: New techniques and biomedical applications
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
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Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Special Issue: Polycarbonates and Green Chemistry
Volume 131, Issue 5, March 5, 2014
How to Cite
2014), Renaissance of aliphatic polycarbonates: New techniques and biomedical applications. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 131, 39822. doi: 10.1002/app.39822, and (
- Issue published online: 8 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 15 JUL 2013
- drug-delivery systems;
- ring-opening polymerization
Aliphatic polycarbonates (APCs) were discovered a long time ago, with their conventional applications mostly limited to low-molecular-weight oligomeric intermediates for copolymerization with other prepolymers or small molecules. Recent developments in polymerization techniques have overcome the difficulty in preparing high-molecular-weight APCs. These in turn, along with new functional monomers, have enabled the preparation of a wide range of APCs with diverse chemical compositions and structures. This review summarizes the latest polymerization techniques for preparing well-defined functional APCs and the new applications of those APCs, especially in the biomedical field. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2014, 131, 39822.