Telechelic polymers have garnered a great deal of scientific interest due to their reactive chain-end functions. This comprehensive book compiles and details the basic principles of and cutting-edge research in telechelic polyesters, polycarbonates, and polyethers, ranging from synthesis to applications. It discusses general strategies toward telechelic polymers, centered on the fundamental aspects of polycondensation reactions, of cationic, anionic, coordination-insertion, and activated monomer mechanisms of the metal-, enzyme-, or otherwise organocatalyzed ring-opening polymerization of cyclic monomers, and of postpolymerization chemical modification methods of polymer precursors. All main classes of polymers are covered separately, comprising polyhydroxyalkanoates, poly(ε-caprolactone)s, poly(lactic acid)s, polylactides, polycarobnates, and polyethers, including synthetic approaches as well as some illustrative, up-to-date examples and uses. The book also addresses applications of hydroxyl, thiol, amino, or acrylate/methacrylate end-capped polymers as starting materials for the preparation of diverse polymer architectures ranging from block, graft, and star-shaped polymers and micelles to precursors for ATRP macroinitiators, polyurethane copolymers, shape-memory polymers, or nanosized drug delivery systems. The book will appeal to advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students of polymer science; researchers in macromolecular science, especially those with an interest in functional and reactive polymers; and polymer chemists in academia and industry.
Table of Contents
Basic Chemistry for the Synthesis of Telechelic Polyesters and Polycarbonates
Takeshi Endo and Atsushi Sudo
Telechelic Polyesters and Polycarbonates Prepared by Enzymatic Catalysis
Susana Torron, Mats K. G. Johansson, Eva Malmström, Linda Fogelström, Karl Hult, and Mats Martinelle
Telechelic Polyhydroxyalkanoates/Polyhydroxybutyrates (PHAs/PHBs)
Abdulkadir Alli, Baki Hazer, Grażyna Adamus, and Marek Kowalczuk
Telechelic Poly(ε-Caprolactone)s: Synthesis and Applications
Timm Heek, Marc Behl, and Andreas Lendlein
Telechelic Poly(Lactic Acid)s and Polylactides
Malgorzata Basko and Andrzej Duda
Sophie M. Guillaume
Telechelic Polyethers by Living Polymerizations and Precise Macromolecular Engineering
Pierre J. Lutz, Bruno Ameduri, and Frédéric Peruch
Sophie M. Guillaume received her PhD from the University of Syracuse, New York, USA, and did her postdoctoral research at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France. She then joined the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, and moved to the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques (LCPO), Bordeaux, France. She now holds a CNRS Research Director position at the Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (ISCR) in Rennes, France. Her research mainly focuses on the development of green pathways for the synthesis and structure–property relationships of synthetic polymers (especially polyesters, polycarbonates, polyolefins, and polyurethanes). Areas of emphasis include biobased degradable polymers and functionalized and reactive (co)polymers for advanced industrial and biomedical applications.