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Does anyone know how to perform a ring opening polymerisation? Answered

hi im a university student looking to polymerise e-caprolactone, i was wondering if anyone knew any hints/ tips for the process that might make it easier. im a biomedical engineer, to chemisty isnt my forte.

thank you

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randomhand

9 years ago

Thanks guys, looks like it would be easier to use pre polymerised granules use stannous octanoate , as a solvent and then cast it. im makeing a porous cell scaffold, incase you're curious.

thanks again

ross

Sorry if i dont reference you, but im not sure it will go down very well.

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cyberpageman

9 years ago

Convert to caprolactam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprolactone ) then polymerize? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nylon_6). 

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cyberpageman

9 years ago

Caprolactone polymerization doesn't seem to present any special problems.  Polymerization, in general, is easy; you dissolve the monomers in a solvent, add the catalyst, and heat if if necessary.  With pure chemicals the reaction goes easily.   What catalyst are you using and what  solvent?  .

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kelseymhcyberpageman

Answer 9 years ago

I think you've hit on what grasshopper is really asking -- what catalyst should they use, and what solvent.

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lemonie

9 years ago

You might try DMAP? Or some boron trifluoride complex?
(I'm not Googling it for you, 'cos you should have access to decent databases & journals / text books etc.)

L

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frollard

9 years ago

I don't have an answer, I just wanted to add that this is an awesome question - actual thought, grammar, and a 'thank you'...

<on to your regularly scheduled programming>