Ring Opening Polymerization Of Lactide By Using Zinc Prolinate Catalyst
Asutosh Kumar Pandey
Volume 5, Issue 1, Page 44-51, Year 2014 | DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2013.6493
Zinc prolinate; lactides; ROP; MALDI-ToF-MS; linear polymer.
Zinc salts of L-proline, D-proline were used in homopolymerization of L, L-lactide and D, L-lactide. Linear PLA oligomer with`Mn 2900-3400 Da, can be prepared with zinc (L-prolinate)2 catalyst. Less racemization were occurred in presence of Zn (L-prolinate)2 than Zn (D-prolinate)2. The catalyst structure of Zn (L-prolinate) 2 and Zn (D-prolinate)2 remains intact after polymerization. The zinc is bioactive molecule so these polymers prepared by using this catalyst are bioabsarbable. The resulting polymers were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR), size exclusion chromatatography (SEC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), 13C NMR, 13C Cross Polarization /Magic Angle Spinning (13C CP/MAS) and MALDI ToF-MS. Copyright © 2014 VBRI press.