N-Heterocyclic carbene-catalysed synthesis of polyurethanes

Olivier Coutelier, Mohammad El Ezzi, Mathias Destarac*, Fabien Bonnette, Tsuyoshi Kato, Antoine Baceiredo, Gopakumar Sivasankarapillai, Yves Gnanou, Daniel Taton

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A free N-heterocyclic carbene has been efficiently used for the organocatalysed step-growth polymerisation between aliphatic diisocyanates and diols. Both the nature of the diisocyanate monomer and the order of addition of reactants are critical parameters for the successful synthesis of soluble linear polyurethanes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-608
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


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