Laccase-Catalyzed Oxidative Polymerization of Phenols

Authors

  • Naruyoshi Mita,

    1. Joint Research Center for Precision Polymerization, Japan Chemical Innovation Institute, NIMC, 1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565, Japan
    2. Catalysis Science Laboratory, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., 580-32 Nagaura, Sodegaura, Chiba 299-0265, Japan
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  • Shin-ichiro Tawaki,

    1. Catalysis Science Laboratory, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., 580-32 Nagaura, Sodegaura, Chiba 299-0265, Japan
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  • Hiroshi Uyama,

    1. Department of Materials Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
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  • Shiro Kobayashi

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
    • Department of Materials Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan. Fax: (+81) 75-753-4911
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Abstract

Laccase-catalyzed oxidative polymerization of phenol and its derivatives has been performed in aqueous organic solvents at room temperature in air. Laccase derived from Pycnoporus coccineus efficiently induced the polymerization to produce polyphenols consisting of a mixture of phenylene and oxyphenylene units. The unit ratio of the polymer could be precisely controlled by selection of the solvent and the monomer substituent.

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