Synthesis of vinyl polymers via enzymatic oxidative polymerisation

W. Zhang, Frank Hollmann

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Enzymatic methods for the polymerisation of vinyl monomers are presented and critically discussed. Vinyl monomers can be polymerised initiated by enzyme-catalysed radical formation. The most widely used initiators for this purpose are β-diketo compounds, which can be transformed into the corresponding radicals via peroxidase- or laccase-catalysed oxidation. For this, peroxidases use hydrogen peroxide as oxidant, while laccases rely on molecular oxygen. Both enzyme classes comprise specific advantages and disadvantages that are discussed in this chapter. Also, parameters to control the polymer properties are introduced and discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnzymatic polymerization towards green polymer chemistry
EditorsS. Kobayashi, H. Uyama , J.-I. Kadokawa
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-3812-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameGreen Chemistry and Sustainable Technology


  • Polymerisation of vinyl monomers
  • Laccase
  • Peroxidase
  • Biocatalysis

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