4.06 - Organocatalyzed Ring-Opening Polymerizations

M. Fèvre, J. Vignolle, Y. Gnanou, D. Taton

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This chapter summarizes the recent advances in organocatalyzed ring-opening polymerizations. It highlights the advantages associated with the use of organic catalysts which now appear as viable substitutes for classical, often metallic, catalysts, in a context where the demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly reactants and processes steadily increases. This chapter reviews organic catalysts that are prone to trigger polymerization and monomers – in their vast majority heterocyclics – amenable to organocatalyzed chain growth. After a presentation of the four mechanisms generally found in such organocatalyzed polymerizations, the mechanisms involved in each pair of organic catalyst and monomer are thoroughly discussed. The first part categorizes the main families of organic catalysts used while the second defines the scope of each of them in terms of monomers that could be polymerized under controlled conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer Science
Subtitle of host publicationa Comprehensive Reference: Volume 1-10
Number of pages49
ISBN (Electronic)9780080878621
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • 4-(Dialkylamino)pyridines
  • Activate chain-end mechanism
  • Activated monomer mechanism
  • Amidines
  • Bronsted acids
  • Controlled/living polymerization
  • Cyclic carbonates
  • Cyclic esters
  • Cyclocarbosiloxanes
  • Cyclosiloxanes
  • Dual activation of monomer and initiator/chain end
  • Epoxides
  • Lactide
  • N-carboxyanhydrides
  • N-heterocyclic carbenes
  • Organocatalyzed ring-opening polymerization
  • Phosphazenes
  • Phosphines
  • Thiourea-amino derivatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Materials Science


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