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Title: Ring opening polymerization of β-acetoxy-δ-methylvalerolactone, a triacetic acid lactone derivative
We report here the synthesis and polymerization of a novel disubstituted valerolactone, β-acetoxy-δ-methylvalerolactone, derived from the renewable feedstock triacetic acid lactone (TAL). The bulk polymerization proceeds to 45% equilibrium monomer conversion at room temperature using diphenyl phosphate as the organic catalyst. The resultant amorphous material displays a glass transition temperature of 25 °C. The ring opening polymerization (ROP) behavior of the disubstituted valerolactone was examined, and the enthalpy () and entropy *() of polymerization were calculated to be −25 ± 2 kJ mol −1 and −81 ± 5 mol −1 K −1 , respectively. The polymerization kinetics were also measured and compared to those of other substituted valerolactones reported in the literature. This report is the first to demonstrate the successful ROP of a disubstituted valerolactone as well as the first to establish the ROP of a derivative of TAL.  more » « less
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Polymer Chemistry
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6724 to 6730
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National Science Foundation
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