Polymer Catalysis: Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymers

Another topic of interest represents the synthesis of of new biodegradable polymers via polymer catalysis. Biodegradable polymers have numerous applications, for instance in medical applications, drug delivery and as packing materials. We strive to replace petroleum-based starting materials by renewable feedstock as an important long-term goal. Carbon dioxide constitutes an attractive building block for the synthesis of new polymers, as it is readily available, inexpensive, nonflammable, and nontoxic. A potential application represents the copolymerization of epoxides and CO2.