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Towards New Robust Zn(II) Complexes for the Ring‐Opening Polymerization of Lactide Under Industrially Relevant Conditions

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Schäfer, Pascal M. ; Dankhoff, Katja ; Rothemund, Matthias ; Ksiazkiewicz, Agnieszka N. ; Pich, Andrij ; Schobert, Rainer ; Weber, Birgit ; Herres-Pawlis, Sonja:
Towards New Robust Zn(II) Complexes for the Ring‐Opening Polymerization of Lactide Under Industrially Relevant Conditions.
In: ChemistryOpen. Vol. 8 (2019) Issue 7 . - pp. 1020-1026.
ISSN 2191-1363
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/open.201900199

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The synthesis of bio‐based and biodegradable plastics is a hot topic in research due to growing environmental problems caused by omnipresent plastics. As a result, polylactide, which has been known for years, has seen a tremendous increase in industrial production. Nevertheless, the manufacturing process using the toxic catalyst Sn(Oct)2 is very critical. As an alternative, five zinc acetate complexes have been synthesized with Schiff base‐like ligands that exhibit high activity in the ring‐opening polymerization of non‐purified lactide. The systems bear different side arms in the ligand scaffold. The influence of these substituents has been analyzed. For a detailed description of the catalytic activities, the rate constants kapp and kp were determined using in‐situ Raman spectroscopy at a temperature of 150 °C. The polymers produced have molar masses of up to 71 000 g mol−1 and are therefore suitable for a variety of applications. Toxicity measurements carried out for these complexes proved the nontoxicity of the systems.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Chair Anorganic Chemistry IV > Chair Anorganic Chemistry IV - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Weber
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 10:04
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 10:04
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/51664