What is it about?

This scientific publication talks about creating transparent films using a specific type of polymer called polyunsaturated poly(ethercarbonate)s. This polymer is made from a combination of carbon dioxide, propylene oxide, maleic anhydride, and allyl glycidyl ether. By using different mixtures of these materials during the manufacturing process, scientists were able to create different structures and functional groups in the polymer. The polymer is very easy to cure using UV or redox-initiated free-radical curing, and is completely transparent. The material resulting from curing is highly versatile, excellently suited for creating clear coatings and can be used in a variety of coating applications.

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Why is it important?

This work is important for several reasons. Firstly, the creation of transparent films using polyunsaturated poly(ethercarbonate)s has potential applications in many different industries, including but not limited to, the coating industry. This material could be used to create clear coatings for cars, electronic devices, and even medical devices. Secondly, the use of carbon dioxide as a raw material is environmentally beneficial, as it is a renewable and abundant resource. This makes the development of this polymer an important step towards more sustainable manufacturing processes. Thirdly, the versatility of the synthesis protocol allows for a wide range of functional groups to be incorporated into the polymer. This means that it can be used for a variety of purposes, such as creating adhesives or even materials for drug delivery. Overall, this work is important because it provides a new and sustainable way to create transparent films that can be used in many different applications. The development of this polymer has the potential to benefit many industries and contribute to more sustainable manufacturing processes.


The researchers have successfully developed a method to create transparent films using a sustainable polymer made from CO2. This is exciting news, as it opens up possibilities for the creation of sustainable and environmentally-friendly products. As someone who cares about the environment, I am happy to see that researchers are making progress in developing sustainable materials. The fact that the polyunsaturated poly(ethercarbonate)s showed remarkable stability is particularly impressive and bodes well for their use in creating advanced polymeric materials. I am also interested in the fact that the polymer can be tailored to have specific compositions and architectures, allowing for adjustments to its properties such as viscosity, gel time, and hardness. This makes it an even more versatile material that can be used for a variety of purposes. Overall, this is a promising development in the field of sustainable materials and I am excited to see what further applications and uses will be discovered.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ernst Müller
Ruhr-Universitat Bochum

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This page is a summary of: Transparent Films from CO2-Based Polyunsaturated Poly(ether carbonate)s: A Novel Synthesis Strategy and Fast Curing, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, March 2016, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201509249.
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