Synthesis of Novel Polymers with Biodegradability by Main-Chain Editing of Chiral Polyketones



Haobo Yuan, Kohei Takahashi, Shinya Hayashi, Miwa Suzuki, Nobuhiro Fujikake, Ken-ichi Kasuya, Jian Zhou, Shintaro Nakagawa, Naoko Yoshie, Chifeng Li, Kazuya Yamaguchi, Kyoko Nozaki



Although the use of biodegradable plastics is suitable for unrecoverable, single-use plastic, their high production cost and much lower variety compared to commodity plastics limit their application. In this study, we developed a new polymer with potential biodegradability, poly(ketone/ester), synthesized from propylene and carbon monoxide. Propylene and carbon monoxide are easily available at low costs from fossil resources, and they can also be derived from biomass. Using an atom insertion reaction to the main chain of the polymer, the main-chain editing of the polymer molecule proceeded with up to 89% selectivity for atom insertion over main-chain cleavage.




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