Nanostructured block copolymers containing biodegradable segments

Marc A. Hillmyer, Scott C. Schmidt, Sarah L. Marohn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Polylactide (PLA) is a commercially available polyester that is completely biodegradable in a compost environment. Methods for the preparation of PLA-containing block copolymers as nanostructure templates, crystallization modifiers, and for rubber toughened PLA formulations are investigated. A combination of anionic polymerization and coordination-insertion polymerization are used to prepare a range of polyisoprene-PLA and polystyrene-PLA block copolymers. This combination of `mechanistically incompatible' polymer pairs requires a multi-step process that involves changing the polymerization mechanism to facilitate the synthesis of model materials. This concept is applied to the preparation of novel block copolymers containing PLA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Mar 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 ACS Anaheim Meeting - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 21 1999Mar 25 1999


OtherProceedings of the 1999 ACS Anaheim Meeting
CityAnaheim, CA, USA


Dive into the research topics of 'Nanostructured block copolymers containing biodegradable segments'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this