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Oxidation of Monoterpenes to Form Diols and Triols: A Versatile Toolbox for Polymer Synthesis

Fowler, Harriet R.; O'Brien, Dara M.; Keddie, Daniel J.; Alexander, Cameron; Irvine, Derek J.; Stockman, Robert A.; Howdle, Steven M.; Taresco, Vincenzo


Harriet R. Fowler

Dara M. O'Brien

Senior Research Officer in Polymer Synthesis

Professor of Materials Chemistry


Polyols and polyacrylates have a wide range of applications in polymer synthesis as monomers, initiators, or building blocks in a variety of polymerization reaction types. With an ever-growing need to reduce the global dependency on fossil fuels, finding bio-based/renewable sources for these compounds is now critical. Herein, the alkene moieties of common, abundant terpenes are functionalized via oxidation to expand the “toolbox” of bio-based diols and triols. These polyol compounds are readily converted into the corresponding terpene-derived diacrylates using mild conditions. As a proof of concept, it is demonstrated that these monomers can be used in aza-Michael polymerizations, forming new (bio)degradable poly-β-amino esters.


Fowler, H. R., O'Brien, D. M., Keddie, D. J., Alexander, C., Irvine, D. J., Stockman, R. A., …Taresco, V. (2023). Oxidation of Monoterpenes to Form Diols and Triols: A Versatile Toolbox for Polymer Synthesis. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Article 2200446.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 6, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 6, 2023
Publication Date Jan 18, 2023
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 7, 2024
Journal Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Print ISSN 1022-1352
Electronic ISSN 1521-3935
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Article Number 2200446
Keywords Materials Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Polymers and Plastics; Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; Condensed Matter Physics
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