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ERIC Number: EJ1161190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Copolymerization of Epoxides and CO[subscript 2]: Polymer Chemistry for Incorporation in Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry
Darensbourg, Donald J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n11 p1691-1695 Nov 2017
Because fossil fuels are a nonrenewable resource, alternative sources of chemical carbon will be necessary as petroleum based chemicals decline during the 21st century. Carbon dioxide can serve as a source of carbon for the synthesis of useful chemicals, thereby contributing to a sustainable chemical industry. A promising technology for CO[subscript 2] utilization is the alternating copolymerization of epoxides and CO[subscript 2] to afford polycarbonates. This article describes the catalysis of this polymerization process employing well-defined transition metal catalysts. It is intended for use in advanced inorganic chemistry courses, which are required for an ACS-approved degree in Chemistry, and integrates concepts in inorganic chemistry and polymer science. Concomitantly, a goal of this material is to contribute to the recently established polymer requirement by the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) for an ACS-certified degree. The principles of inorganic chemistry are shown to play vital roles in the mechanistic aspects of this copolymerization process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: CHE1057743