Synthesis of polycaprolactone: a review.

  title={Synthesis of polycaprolactone: a review.},
  author={Marianne Labet and Wim Thielemans},
  journal={Chemical Society reviews},
  volume={38 12},
Polycaprolactone (PCL) is an important polymer due to its mechanical properties, miscibility with a large range of other polymers and biodegradability. Two main pathways to produce polycaprolactone have been described in the literature: the polycondensation of a hydroxycarboxylic acid: 6-hydroxyhexanoic acid, and the ring-opening polymerisation (ROP) of a lactone: epsilon-caprolactone (epsilon-CL). This critical review summarises the different conditions which have been described to synthesise… CONTINUE READING


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