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Dr. Pierre Brignou, Dr. Sophie M. Guillaume, Dr. Thierry Roisnel, Dr. Didier Bourissou and Prof. Jean-François Carpentier Discrete Cationic Zinc and Magnesium Complexes for Dual Organic/Organometallic-Catalyzed Ring-Opening Polymerization of Trimethylene Carbonate Chemistry - A European Journal 18

Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/chem.201200336

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It takes two! The combination of a Lewis acidic cationic metal fragment, to activate the monomer, and a tertiary amine, to enhance the nucleophilicity of the protic initiator, generates a highly active catalytic system for the controlled ring-opening polymerization of trimethylene carbonate (see scheme). The role of each component of this original dual-catalyst system has been scrutinized.

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