Authors Deng, Y. ; Mehner, F. ; Gaitzsch, J.
Title Current standing on radical ring-opening polymerisations of cyclic ketene acetals as homopolymers and copolymers with one another
Date 03.08.2023
Number 61366
Abstract Radical Ring-opening polymerization (RROP) of cyclic ketene acetals (CKAs) emerges to be a valuable polymerization technique. In attracting more attention, RROP has seen a new spike in publications, which the authors will put into perspective. This review will hence address the progress made on the number of available CKAs and the synthetic strategies to get them. In grouping, the available monomers into distinct categories, the enormous variety of available CKAs will be highlighted. Polymerizations of CKAs without vinylenes have the potential to yield fully biodegradable polymers, which is why this kind of polymerization is the focus of this review. Detailing the current understanding of the mechanism, the various side reactions will be noted and also their effect on the overall properties of the final polymers. Current attempts to control the ring-retaining and branching reactions will be discussed as well. In addition to the polymerization itself, the available materials will be discussed as well as homopolymers, copolymers of CKAs, and block-copolymers with pure CKA-blocks have significantly widened the range of possible applications of materials from RROP. Altogether this review highlights the progress in the entire field of RROP just of CKAs to give a holistic overview of the field.
Publisher Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Citation Macromolecular Rapid Communications 44 (2023) 2200941

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