Submitted to: American Chemical Society Symposium Series
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/11/2010
Publication Date: 8/11/2010
Citation: Cheng, H.N., Gu, Q. 2010. Synthesis of poly (aminoamides) via enzymatic means. In: Cheng, H.N., Gross, R.A., editors. Green Polymer Chemistry: Biocatalysis and Biomaterials. Washington, DC: ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1043. pp. 255-263. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Poly(aminoamides) constitute a subclass of polyamides that are water-soluble and useful for several applications. Commercially they are made via chemical reaction pathways. A review is made in this work of the enzymatic approaches towards their syntheses. Lipases and esterases have been found to be suitable enzymes to produce high-molecular-weight polyamides under relatively mild reaction conditions. A large number of different polymer compositions can be synthesized through enzymatic means. The design of the polymer structure and synthetic considerations are included in this review.