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POLYLACTIDE COPOLYMERS

United States Patent Application

20110294960
A1
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Supertough Polylactide Composites
A polylactide copolymer comprises a graft copolymer of a hydrophobic backbone polymer having a plurality of pendant hydroxyl groups and lactide. In one example, a polylactide includes a graft copolymer of a poly(1,5-cyclooctadiene-co5-norbornene-2-methanol) copolymer and lactide. A method of preparing a toughened polylactide comprises forming a hydrophobic backbone copolymer having a plurality of pendant hydroxyl groups and forming a polylactide graft copolymer by reacting the hydrophobic backbone copolymer having a plurality of pendant hydroxyl groups with lactide, wherein polymerized lactide stems from at least one of the plurality of pendant hydroxyl groups. In one example, a method comprises forming poly(1,5-cyclooctadiene-co-5-norbornene-2-menthanol) by reacting 1,5-cyclooctadiene and 5-norbornene-2-methanol in the presence of a 2.sup.nd generation Grubbs' catalyst and cis-1,4-diacetoxy-2-butene as a chain transfer agent and forming poly(1,5-cyclooctadiene-co-5-norbornene-2-methanol-graft-lactide) by reacting the poly(1,5-cyclooctadiene-co-5-norbornene-2-menthanol) as a macroinitiator with lactide in the presence of tin 2-ethylhexanoate and toluene or in the presence of 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene and dichloromethane.
Hillmyer, Marc A. (Minneapolis, MN), Theryo, Grayce C. (St. Paul, MN), Pitet, Louis M. (Cody, WY), Jing, Feng (Snellville, GA)
Regents of the University of Minnesota (St. Paul MN)
13/ 115,796
May 25, 2011