Title

Triclocarban: Commercial Antibacterial and Highly Effective H-Bond Donating Catalyst for Ring-Opening Polymerization

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

4-18-2017

Abstract

The antibacterial compound, triclocarban (TCC), is shown to be a highly effective H-bond donating catalyst for ring-opening polymerization (ROP) when applied with an H-bond accepting base cocatalyst. These ROPs exhibit the characteristics of “living” polymerizations. TCC is shown to possess the high activity characteristic of urea (vs thiourea) H-bond donors. The urea class of H-bond donors is shown to remain highly active in H-bonding solvents, a trait that is not displayed by the corresponding thiourea H-bond donors. Two H-bond donating ureas that are electronically similar to TCC are evaluated for their efficacy in ROP, and a mechanism of action is proposed. This “off-the-shelf” H-bond donor is among the most active and most controlled organocatalysts for the ROP of lactones.

Publication Title

ACS Macro Letters

Volume

6

Issue

4

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