Synthesis and polymerization of isosorbide-based monomethacrylates

Nicholas Gathergood (Inventor), Patric Jannasch (Inventor), Livia Matt (Inventor), Jaan Parve (Inventor), Omar Parve (Inventor), Tõnis Pehk (Inventor), Lauri Vares (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


Isosorbide-5-methacrylate was obtained by enzymatic catalysis with Lipozyme RM IM in a highly regioselective manner in up to 87% yield. The process uses readily available acyl donors (methacrylic anydride or vinyl methacrylate), is easily scalable and chromatography free. Simple extractive workup followed by decoloration and filtration affords the monomer with up to > 99% purity. In addition, the developed enzymatic strategy was applied for the synthesis of a series of isosorbide 5- and 2-methacrylate derivatives. All the sythesized isosorbide monomethacrylates were radically polymerized with AIBN. The properties of these polymers with different side groups in either endo or exo configuration in the isosorbide structure was examined. The methacrylic isosorbide derivatives with OH-group were found to have very high glass transition temperature (Tg = 167 °C) and good thermal stability (at 5% weight loss under N2, Td,95 = 240 °C). The highest molecular weight (Mn = 80.6 kg/mol) was determined for the polymethacrylate with Ac-substitute.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberWO2019202038A2
IPCC07D493/04, C08F124/00,C12P17/18
Filing date2019/04/17
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Polymer Technologies
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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