New renewably-sourced polyesters from limonene-derived monomers

Megan Thomsett, Jonathan Christopher Moore, Antoine Buchard, Robert Stockman, Steven M Howdle

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The functionalisation of limonene has enabled the synthesis of two renewably-sourced monomers for the formation of terpene-derived polyesters. Three methods for the synthesis of the novel hydroxy-acid 6 are reported and their green-credentials scrutinised through comparison of their sustainability-metrics. Step-growth homo-polymerisation of 6 is demonstrated to yield a low molecular weight (2.6 kDa) novel polyester with 100% of its carbon content originating from the terpene starting material. The corresponding diol 2 is shown to act as a co-monomer with a renewable diacid. The resultant polyesters display impressive M ns of up to 30 kDa with T gs between -6 and 24 °C. These materials have been shown to depolymerise under basic conditions for reclamation of the diol monomer 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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Thomsett, M., Moore, J. C., Buchard, A., Stockman, R., & Howdle, S. M. (2019). New renewably-sourced polyesters from limonene-derived monomers. Green Chemistry, 21(1), 149-156.