A bifunctional monomer derived from lactide for toughening polylactide

Feng Jing, Marc A. Hillmyer

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(6S)-3-Methylene-6-methyl-1,4-dioxane-2,5-dione was synthesized from l-lactide and used as the dienophile to prepare spiro[6-methyl-1,4-dioxane-2,5-dione-3,2′-bicyclo[2.2.1]hept[5]ene] via an exoselective and diastereofacial-selective Diels-Alder reaction. Polymerizations of this bifunctional lactide derivative were successfully carried out under ring-opening and ring-opening metathesis polymerization conditions to yield high molecular weight and high Tg polymers. We further demonstrated that by incorporating a small percentage of spiro[6-methyl-1,4-dioxane-2,5-dione-3,2-bicyclo[2.2.1]hept[5]ene] into poly(1,5-cyclooctadiene) and copolymerizing it with dl-lactide, novel polymeric alloys of PLA can be created that have tremendous improvements in toughness over PLA and the corresponding binary blend of PLA and poly(1,5-cyclooctadiene).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13826-13827
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 22 2008


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