Solid-state polymerization of polycarbonates using supercritical CO2

Stephen M. Gross, Devin Flowers, George Roberts, Douglas J. Kiserow, Joseph M. DeSimone

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The solid state polymerization of low molecular weight polycarbonate using supercritical CO2 is discussed in an effort to create a material without using toxic organic solvents. Prepolymer was synthesized by the step-growth polymerization of bisphenol A and diphenyl carbonate using an aqueous solution of LiOH as the initiator. The observed change in rate is a composite of a number of effects including the increase in reaction temperature and polymer crystallinity along with a decrease in endgroup concentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3167-3169
Number of pages3
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 4 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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