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Mechanistic Aspects of the Polymerization of Lactide Using a Highly Efficient Aluminum(III) Catalytic System

Yoann Morin
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Abstract

We report here a unique example of an in situ generated aluminum initiator stabilized by a C-2-symmetric salen ligand which shows a hitherto unknown high activity for the ROP of rac-lactide at room temperature. Using a simple and robust catalyst system, which is prepared from a salen complex and an onium salt, this convenient route employs readily available reagents that afford polylactide in good yields with narrow polydispersity indices, without the need for time-consuming and expensive processes that are typically required for catalyst preparation and purification. In line with the experimental evidence, DFT studies reveal that initiation and propagation proceed via an external alkoxide attack on the coordinated monomer.

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hal-01961168 , version 1 (19-12-2018)

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Carine Robert, Thibault E. Schmid, Vincent Richard, Pierre Haquette, Sumesh K. Raman, et al.. Mechanistic Aspects of the Polymerization of Lactide Using a Highly Efficient Aluminum(III) Catalytic System. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017, 139 (17), pp.6217--6225. ⟨10.1021/jacs.7b01749.s001⟩. ⟨hal-01961168⟩
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