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New main group and rare earth complexes and their applications in the ring-opening polymerisation of cyclic esters

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This Thesis describes the synthesis and characterisation of new Main Group and Rare Earth alkyl, amide, alkoxide and borohydride complexes and their use as catalysts for the ring-opening polymerisation (ROP) of ε-caprolactone and rac-lactide.

Chapter 1 introduces ROP from an industrial and academic perspective, as well as polymer characterisation techniques. A literature review is given, with an emphasis placed on Main Group catalysts.

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Chemistry
Sub department:
Inorganic Chemistry
Research group:
Prof. Philip Mountford
Oxford college:
Merton College
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MPLS
Department:
Chemistry
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Division:
MPLS
Department:
Chemistry
Role:
Supervisor
Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK

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