Figure 2: The valorization of PLimC. | Nature Communications

Figure 2: The valorization of PLimC.

From: Bio-based polycarbonate as synthetic toolbox

Figure 2

The versatility of the platform polymer PLimC is illustrated in this hexagon cluster. The double bond is used for addition reactions, to induce dramatic changes of the properties of PLimC. The addition of an alkyl ester (PLimC-B3MP) leads to a drop of Tg by 120 °C and of its Young’s modulus by three orders of magnitude to give a PLimC rubber. The addition of a carboxylic group (PLimC-MAc) yields a pH-dependent solubility in water, whereas the functionalization with hydroxyl (PLimC-ME) or polyethylene glycol (PLimC-PEG) groups results in a higher hydrophilicity. The attachment of a tertiary amine (PLimC-N) and subsequent quaternization with an aromatic moiety (PLimC-NQ) leads to antibacterial activity against E. coli. Another possibility is the complete hydrogenation of the double bond to give PMenC, a superior material for heat processing.

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