Advances in heterometallic ring-opening (co)polymerisation catalysis

Weronika Gruszka, Jennifer A. Garden

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Abstract

Truly sustainable plastics require renewable feedstocks coupled with efficient production and end-of-life degradation/recycling processes. Some of the most useful degradable materials are aliphatic polyesters, polycarbonates and polyamides, which are often prepared via ring-opening (co)polymerisation (RO(CO)P) using an organometallic catalyst. While there has been extensive research into ligand development, heterometallic cooperativity offers an equally promising yet underexplored strategy to improve catalyst performance, as heterometallic catalysts often exhibit significant activity and selectivity enhancements compared to their homometallic counterparts. This review describes advances in heterometallic RO(CO)P catalyst design, highlighting the overarching structure-activity trends and reactivity patterns to inform future catalyst design.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Communications
Volume12
Issue number1
Early online date31 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 May 2021

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