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Polymers of Limonene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide: Polycarbonates of the Solar Economy

Version 1 : Received: 4 April 2018 / Approved: 5 April 2018 / Online: 5 April 2018 (10:48:13 CEST)

How to cite: Pagliaro, M.; Fidalgo, A.; Palmisano, L.; Ilharco, L.M.; Parrino, F.; Ciriminna, R. Polymers of Limonene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide: Polycarbonates of the Solar Economy. Preprints 2018, 2018040067 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201804.0067.v1). Pagliaro, M.; Fidalgo, A.; Palmisano, L.; Ilharco, L.M.; Parrino, F.; Ciriminna, R. Polymers of Limonene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide: Polycarbonates of the Solar Economy. Preprints 2018, 2018040067 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201804.0067.v1).

Abstract

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.

Subject Areas

limonene; poly(limonene carbonate); bioeconomy; sustainable polycarbonates; solar economy

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