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Polymers of Limonene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide: Polycarbonates of the Solar Economy
: Received: 4 April 2018 / Approved: 5 April 2018 / Online: 5 April 2018 (10:48:13 CEST)
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Journal reference: ACS Omega 2018
Limonene epoxide (1,2 limonene oxide) readily reacts with carbon dioxide in a ring opening copolymerization reaction with insertion of CO2 and formation of polycarbonates of exceptional chemical and physical properties. Both poly(limonene carbonate) and poly(limonene dicarbonate) can be synthesized using low cost Zn or Al homogeneous catalysts. This study addresses selected relevant questions concerning the technical and economic feasibility of limonene and carbon dioxide polymers en route to the bioeconomy.
limonene; poly(limonene carbonate); bioeconomy; sustainable polycarbonates; solar economy
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