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dc.contributor.authorDiCiccio, Angelaen_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 8442196
dc.description.abstractSustainable growth initiatives have stimulated a revolution in the manufacturing and disposal of commodity materials. Original efforts to replace all persistent plastics with biodegradable alternatives were challenged by poor performance in common applications. Furthermore, redesigning processing methods to accommodate these new materials required more resources than continued use of traditional petrochemical plastics. Recognizing the need for both durable and biodegradable polymers, the updated concept of "bioplastics" encompasses the lifecycle of resources invested in synthetic materials. The frontier of plastics technology now focused on the discovery of efficient methods to transform commodity feedstocks into useful bioplastics. Structurally diverse polyesters are attractive compliments to polyolefin based thermoplastics in applications that would benefit from their functionality and degradability. Several promising features include readily accessible and bio-derived monomers, biomedical and environmental compatibility, as well as green degradation pathways. This dissertation details the development of catalytic methods for the synthesis of new polyesters using commodity feedstocks with control over microstructure and size.en_US
dc.titleThe Development Of Catalytic Processes For The Alternating Ring-Opening Copolymerization Of Epoxides With Cyclic Anhydrides: Control Of Polyester Regiochemistry, Stereochemistry, And Molecular Weighten_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US and Chemical Biology Universityen_US of Philosophy D., Chemistry and Chemical Biology
dc.contributor.chairCoates, Geoffreyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCollum, David Ben_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDichtel, William Roberten_US

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