Heterogeneous initiators for sustainable polymerization processes

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One of the main challenges facing the twenty-first century is the need to produce chemicals from renewable resources. The dwindling supplies of fossil fuels coupled with instability in supply mean that technologies that were once deemed too expensive are now becoming more economically viable options. The majority of man-made polymers are derived from crude oil based monomers. However, in recent years a tremendous effort has been channeled into the preparation of polymers from sustainable chemicals. Two classic examples are polylactide (derived from corn starch) and polycarbonates (prepared directly from CO2). This chapter serves as an introduction into these two polymers and reviews the literature associated with heterogeneous catalyst for the polymerizations, concentrating on approaches describing the heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeterogenized homogeneous catalysts for fine chemicals production
Number of pages27
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Aug 2010

Publication series

NameCatalysis by Metal Complexes


  • Hetergeneous Catalyst
  • Hetrogeneous System
  • Silica Material
  • Cyclic Ester


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