Green Pathways for the Enzymatic Synthesis of Furan-Based Polyesters and Polyamides

Fitrilia Silvianti, Dina Maniar, Laura Boetje, Katja Loos*

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The attention towards the utilization of sustainable feedstocks for polymer synthesis has grown exponentially in recent years. One of the spotlighted monomers derived from renewable resources is 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), one of the most promising bio-based monomers, due to its resemblance to petroleum-based terephthalic acid. Very interesting synthetic routes using this monomer have been reported in the last two decades. Combining the use of bio-based monomers and non-toxic chemicals via enzymatic polymerizations can lead to a robust and favorable approach towards a greener technology of bio-based polymer production. In this chapter, a brief introduction to FDCA-based monomers and enzymatic polymerizations is given, particularly focusing on furan-based polymers and their polymerization. In addition, an outline of the recent developments in the field of enzymatic polymerizations is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability & Green Polymer Chemistry Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationBiocatalysis and Biobased Polymers
EditorsH.N. Cheng, Richard A. Gross
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780841298514
ISBN (Print)9780841298521
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2021

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

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