Update and challenges in carbon dioxide-based polycarbonate synthesis

Jin Huang, Josh Worch, Andrew Dove, Olivier Coulembier

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The utilization of carbon dioxide as a comonomer to produce polycarbonates has attracted a great deal of attention from both industrial and academic communities because it promises to replace petroleum‐derived plastics and supports a sustainable environment. Significant progress in the copolymerization of cyclic ethers (e.g., epoxide, oxetane) and carbon dioxide has been made in recent decades, owing to the rapid development of catalysts. In this Review, the focus is to summarize and discuss recent advances in the development of homogeneous catalysts, including metal‐ and organo‐based complexes, as well as the preparation of carbon dioxide‐based block copolymer and functional polycarbonates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-487
Number of pages19
Issue number3
Early online date25 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2020


  • Carbon dioxide
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Polycarbonates
  • Ring-opening polymerization
  • Synthetic methods


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