Construction of Versatile and Functional Nanostructures Derived from CO2 -based Polycarbonates. Academic Article uri icon


  • The construction of amphiphilic polycarbonates through epoxides/CO2 coupling is a challenging aim to provide more diverse CO2 -based functional materials. In this report, we demonstrate the facile preparation of diverse and functional nanoparticles derived from a CO2 -based triblock polycarbonate system. By the judicious use of water as chain-transfer reagent in the propylene oxide/CO2 polymerization, poly(propylene carbonate (PPC) diols are successfully produced and serve as macroinitiators in the subsequent allyl glycidyl ether/CO2 coupling reaction. The resulting ABA triblock polycarbonate can be further functionalized with various thiols by radical mediated thiol-ene click chemistry, followed by self-assembly in deionized water to construct a versatile and functional nanostructure system. This class of amphiphilic polycarbonates could embody a powerful platform for biomedical applications.

published proceedings

  • Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

altmetric score

  • 30.638

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, Y., Fan, J., & Darensbourg, D. J.

citation count

  • 65

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Yanyan||Fan, Jingwei||Darensbourg, Donald J

publication date

  • August 2015