Synthesis of Polyesters II: Hydrolase as Catalyst for Ring-Opening Polymerization

  • Hiroshi UyamaEmail author
  • Shiro Kobayashi
Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)


This chapter reviews enzymatic lipase-catalyzed ring-opening polymerizations (ROPs) to polyesters. A variety of cyclic esters are subjected to lipase- catalyzed ROP. Lipase catalysis shows unique polymerization behaviors of lactones with different ring sizes. ROP mechanism of lactones by lipase catalyst is mentioned, which applies to preparation of terminal functional polyesters. Lipase catalysis induces enantio-, regio-, and chemoselective ROPs, which can hardly be achieved by conventional chemical catalysts. ROP of cyclic esters in a variety of media is mentioned for green synthesis of polyesters. ROP of lactones is combined with living radical polymerizations, yielding designed block copolymers. ROP of other cyclic monomers, mainly cyclic carbonate, is also mentioned in this chapter.


Cyclic monomer Enzymatic polymerization Lactone Lipase Polyester Ring-opening polymerization 


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  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of EngineeringOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan
  2. 2.Kyoto University, Yoshida-honmachiSakyo-kuJapan

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