Cyclopropenimine-Mediated CO2 Activation for the Synthesis of Polyurethanes and Small-Molecule Carbonates and Carbamates. Academic Article uri icon


  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an abundant C1 feedstock with tremendous potential to produce versatile building blocks in synthetic applications. Given the adverse impact of CO2 on the atmosphere, it is of paramount importance to devise strategies for upcycling it into useful materials, such as polymers and fine chemicals. To activate such stable molecule, superbases offer viable modes of binding to CO2. In this study, a superbase cyclopropenimine derivative was found to exhibit exceptional proficiency in activating CO2 and mediating its polymerization at ambient temperature and pressure for the synthesis of polyurethanes. The versatility of this reaction can be extended to monofunctional amines and alcohols, yielding a variety of functional carbonates and carbamates.

published proceedings

  • Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

altmetric score

  • 5.95

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, D., Martin, R. T., Pia, J., Kwon, J., Crockett, M. P., Thomas, A. A., ... Campos, L. M.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Wu, Dino||Martin, Robert T||PiƱa, Jeanette||Kwon, Junho||Crockett, Michael P||Thomas, Andy A||Gutierrez, Osvaldo||Park, Nathaniel H||Hedrick, James L||Campos, Luis M

publication date

  • March 2024