Synthesis and post-polymerisation modifications of aliphatic poly(carbonate)s prepared by ring-opening polymerisation

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  • S. Tempelaar
  • L. Mespouille
  • O. Coulembier
  • P. Dubois
  • Andrew Dove

Colleges, School and Institutes


Owing to their low toxicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability, aliphatic poly(carbonate)s have been widely studied as materials for biomedical application. Furthermore, the synthetic versatility of the six-membered cyclic carbonates for the realization of functional degradable polymers by ring-opening polymerisation has driven wider interest in this area. In this review, the synthesis and ring-opening polymerisation of functional cyclic carbonates that have been reported in the literature in the past decade are discussed. Finally, the post-polymerisation modification methods that have been applied to the resulting homopolymers and copolymers and the application of the materials are also discussed.


Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1312-1336
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2012


  • poly(carbonate)s, ring-opening polymerisation