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Redox control of group 4 metal ring-opening polymerization activity toward l -lactide and ε-caprolactone

  • Author(s): Wang, X
  • Thevenon, A
  • Brosmer, JL
  • Yu, I
  • Khan, SI
  • Mehrkhodavandi, P
  • Diaconescu, PL
  • et al.

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https://doi.org/10.1021/ja505883u
Abstract

The activity of several group 4 metal alkoxide complexes supported by ferrocene-based ligands was controlled using redox reagents during the ring-opening polymerization of l-lactide and ε-caprolactone. Switching in situ between the oxidized and reduced forms of a metal complex resulted in a change in the corresponding rate of polymerization. Opposite behavior was observed for each monomer used. One-pot copolymerization of the two monomers to give block copolymers was also achieved. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

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