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Polymers 2017, 9(8), 345; doi:10.3390/polym9080345

Organic Catalysis for Ring-Opening Graft Polymerization of p-Dioxanone with Xylan in Ionic liquid

State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
College of Materials and Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory for Innovative Development and Utilization of Forest Plant Germplasm, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
Beijing Key Laboratory of Lignocellulosic Chemistry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 10083, China
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Received: 16 June 2017 / Revised: 1 August 2017 / Accepted: 4 August 2017 / Published: 6 August 2017
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Recently, organic catalysis has become a powerful alternative to the use of more traditional metal-based catalysts. In this study, 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP), 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU), and 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (TBD) were applied to mediate the ring-opening graft polymerization (ROGP) of p-dioxanone (PDO) with xylan-based hemicelluloses in ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([Bmim]Cl). Excellent control of the molar ratio of the catalyst to anhydroxylose units (AXU) in xylan was found for a good tuning of the weight percent gain (WPG) of xylan-graft-poly(p-dioxanone) (xylan-g-PPDO) copolymers. As a result, the maximum WPG of xylan-g-PPDO copolymers was 431.07% (DMAP/AXU of 2/1), 316.72% (DBU/AXU of 0.2/1), and 323.15% (TBD/AXU of 0.2/1), respectively. The structure of xylan-g-PPDO copolymers was characterized with FT-IR and NMR. The thermal properties of copolymers were investigated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/DTG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and a significant difference was observed regarding the transition temperature (Tg), melting temperature (Tm), and crystallization temperature (Tc). View Full-Text
Keywords: xylan; poly(p-dioxanone); organic catalysis; ionic liquid; ring-opening graft polymerization xylan; poly(p-dioxanone); organic catalysis; ionic liquid; ring-opening graft polymerization

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Zhang, X.; Liu, C.; Zhang, A.; Sun, R. Organic Catalysis for Ring-Opening Graft Polymerization of p-Dioxanone with Xylan in Ionic liquid. Polymers 2017, 9, 345.

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