Poly(ester-anhydrides) with controlled molecular weight and structure

Radhakanta Ghosh, Peter Siman, Abraham J. Domb

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We report on the synthesis of a series of poly(ester-anhydride) composed of the following dicarboxylic acids: adipic, suberic, sebacic, dodecanedioic acids; and hydroxyalkanoic acids: ricinoleic and 12-hydroxystearic acid with control molecular weight approaching from a new method in which well-defined ester monomers are first synthesized by stepwise addition of hydroxyalkanoic acids molecules into melted dicarboxylic acids. The key advantage of the synthesis of ester monomers in this modified method is the full consumption of hydroxy acid devoid of any self-condensation. The ester monomers are then activated using variable amounts of acetic anhydride followed by melt condensation polymerization. The molecular weights of the synthesized poly(ester-anhydride) are highly controllable depending upon the degree of activation of the ester monomers; hence the amount of acetic anhydride. All the synthesized poly(ester-anhydrides) are thoroughly characterized by 1H NMR, Fourier transform infrared, and gel permeation chromatography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3774-3781
Number of pages8
JournalPolymers for Advanced Technologies
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Israel Science Foundation Grant No. 235/17.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors. Polymers for Advanced Technologies published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • controlled molecular weight
  • melt condensation polymerization
  • poly(ester-anhydride)


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