Repeatable molecularly recyclable semi-aromatic polyesters derived from lignin

Jack van Schijndel (Corresponding author), Dennis Molendijk, Koen van Beurden, Romy Vermeulen, Timothy Noël, Jan Meuldijk

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The design of molecularly recyclable polymers contributes to a possible solution to the end-of-use issue of polymeric materials and gives a closed-loop approach toward a circular materials economy. The biobased semi-aromatic polyesters (e.g., poly(phloretic acid), poly(dihydroferulic acid), and poly(dihydro-sinapinic acid)), described in this paper, can be derived entirely from biomass (mainly lignin). The described polyesters exhibit thermal properties similar to those of certain commodity polymeric materials. These polyesters with ligno-phytochemicals as monomer have so far demonstrated complete and almost infinite molecular recyclability with a loss of total mass less than 5% per cycle. Moreover, molecular weight and thermal properties (Tg, Tm, and Tcryst) of the tenth generation polymeric material are identical to those of the first generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1655-1663
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Polymer Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020


  • biobased polymers
  • catalysis
  • hydrolysis
  • molecular recycling
  • sustainable chemistry


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