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Stable, Hydroxyl Functional Polycarbonates With Glycerol Side Chains Synthesized From CO2 and Isopropylidene(glyceryl glycidyl ether)

Authors

  • Jeannette Geschwind,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry, Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Duesbergweg 10–14, Johannes, Gutenberg-University Mainz, 55128 Mainz, Germany
    Current affiliation:
    1. Graduate School Material Science in Mainz (MAINZ), Staudingerweg 9, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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  • Holger Frey

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry, Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Duesbergweg 10–14, Johannes, Gutenberg-University Mainz, 55128 Mainz, Germany
    • Institute of Organic Chemistry, Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Duesbergweg 10–14, Johannes, Gutenberg-University Mainz, 55128 Mainz, Germany.
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Abstract

A series of functional polycarbonates, poly((isopropylidene glyceryl glycidyl ether)-co-(glycidyl methyl ether) carbonate) (P((IGG-co-GME) C)) random copolymers with different fractions of 1,2-isopropylidene glyceryl glycidyl ether (IGG) units, is synthesized. After acidic hydrolysis of the acetal protecting groups, a new type of functional polycarbonate prepared directly from CO2 and glycerol is obtained, namely poly((glyceryl glycerol)-co-(glycidyl methyl ether) carbonate) (P((GG-co-GME) C)). All hydroxyl functional samples exhibit monomodal molecular weight distributions with PDIs between 2.5 and 3.3 and Mn between 12 000 and 25 000 g mol−1. Thermal properties reflect the amorphous structure of the polymers. The materials are stable in bulk and solution.

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