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Macromolecular bioscience

Lipase-catalyzed synthesis and curing of high-molecular-weight polyricinoleate.


PMID 17541925

Abstract

High-molecular-weight polyricinoleate, with an M(w) of 100,600, was enzymatically prepared by the polycondensation of methylricinoleate using immobilized lipase from Pseudomonas cepacia (IM-PC) in bulk in the presence of 4 A molecular sieves at 80 degrees C for 7 d. Polyricinoleate was a viscous liquid at room temperature with a glass transition temperature (T(g)) of -74.8 degrees C, showed no crystallinity and was biodegraded by activated sludge. Polyricinoleate was readily cured using a dicumyl peroxide at 170 degrees C for 30 min to produce a chloroform insoluble crosslinked polyricinoleate with a hardness of 50A using durometer A.

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