Synthesis of Functionalized Cyclic Carbonates through Commodity Polymer Upcycling

Coralie Jehanno, Jeremy Demarteau, Daniele Mantione, Maria C. Arno, Fernando Ruipérez, James L. Hedrick, Andrew P. Dove, Haritz Sardon

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Functionalized cyclic carbonates are attractive monomers for the synthesis of innovative polycarbonates or polyurethanes for various applications. Even though their synthesis has been intensively investigated, doing so in a sustainable and efficient manner remains a challenge. Herein, we propose an organocatalytic procedure based on the depolymerization of a commodity polymer, bisphenol A based polycarbonate (BPA-PC). Different carbonate-containing heterocycles are obtained in good to excellent yields employing BPA-PC as a sustainable and inexpensive source of carbonate, including functionalized six-membered cyclic carbonates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-447
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are thankful for technical and human support provided by IZO-SGI SGIker of UPV/EHU and European funding (ERDF and ESF). Tessa Kintail and Dr Kayla Delle Chiaie (University of Birmingham) are thanked for useful comments on the draft manuscript. This work was supported by the EU through project SUSPOL-EJD 642671, WBI International, the Gobierno Vasco/Eusko Jaurlaritza (IT 999-16), and the University of Birmingham.

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Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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