Enzymatic Polymerisation



Potentiality of lipases to effect esterification has been explored to prepare polymers of monomer molecules which possess hydroxyl and carboxyl functions like lactic acid, ε-caprolactone, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid, adipic acid and 1,6-hexanediol. Ring opening polymerisation of ε-caprolactone gave a polycaprolactone polymer of molecular weight 10,000, which was the best compared to the low molecular weight polymers of molecular weight 400–5,000 obtained with the other above-mentioned monomers. Relative advantages and disadvantages of the use of lipases in such polymerisation reactions along with the film-forming properties of polylactic acid and polycaprolactone and its blends are presented in this chapter.


Polylactic Acid Glycolic Acid Adipic Acid Malonic Acid Succinic Anhydride 


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  1. 1.Central Food Technological Research InstituteMysoreIndia

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