List of Contributors.
Part I Introduction.
1 Why are Green Polymerization Methods Relevant to Society, Industry, and Academics? (Robert T. Mathers and Michael A. R. Meier).
1.1 Status and Outlook for Environmentally Benign Processes
1.2 Importance of Catalysis.
1.3 Brief Summaries of Contributions
Part II Integration of Renewable Starting Materials.
2 Plant Oils as Renewable Feedstock for Polymer Science (Michael A. R. Meier).
2.2 Cross-Linked Materials.
2.3 Non-Cross-Linked Polymers
3 Furans as Offsprings of Sugars and Polysaccharides and Progenitors of an Emblematic Family of Polymer Siblings (Alessandro Gandini).
3.2 First Generation Furans and their Conversion into Monomers.
3.3 Polymers from Furfuryl Alcohol.
3.4 Conjugated Polymers and Oligomers.
3.8 Furyl Oxirane.
3.9 Application of the Diels–Alder Reaction to Furan Polymers
4 Selective Conversion of Glycerol into Functional Monomers via Catalytic Processes (François Jérôme and Joël Barrault).
4.2 Conversion of Glycerol into Glycerol Carbonate.
4.3 Conversion of Glycerol into Acrolein/Acrylic Acid.
4.4 Conversion of Glycerol into Glycidol.
4.5 Oxidation of Glycerol to Functional Carboxylic Acid.
4.6 Conversion of Glycerol into Acrylonitrile.
4.7 Selective Conversion of Glycerol into Propylene Glycol.
4.8 Selective Coupling of Glycerol with Functional Monomers.
Part III Sustainable Reaction Conditions.
5 Monoterpenes as Polymerization Solvents and Monomers in Polymer Chemistry (Robert T. Mathers and Stewart P. Lewis).
5.2 Monoterpenes as Monomers.
5.3 Monoterpenes as Solvents and Chain Transfer Agents.
6 Controlled and Living Polymerization in Water: Modern Methods and Application to Bio-Synthetic Hybrid Materials (Debasis Samanta, Katrina Kratz, and Todd Emrick).
6.2 Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP).
6.3 Living Free Radical Methods for Bio-Synthetic Hybrid Materials.
7 Towards Sustainable Solution Polymerization: Biodiesel as a Polymerization Solvent (Marc A. Dub´e and Somaieh Salehpour).
7.2 Solution Polymerization and Green Solvents.
7.3 Biodiesel as a Polymerization Solvent.
7.4 Experimental Section.
7.5 Effect of FAME Solvent on Polymerization Kinetics
7.6 Effect of Biodiesel Feedstock.
Part IV Catalytic Processes.
8 Ring-Opening Polymerization of Renewable Six-Membered Cyclic Carbonates. Monomer Synthesis and Catalysis (Donald J. Darensbourg, Adriana I. Moncada, and Stephanie J. Wilson).
8.2 Preparation of 1,3-Propanediol from Renewable Resources.
8.3 Preparation of Dimethylcarbonate from Renewable Resources.
8.4 Synthesis of Trimethylene Carbonate.
8.5 Six-Membered Cyclic Carbonates: Thermodynamic Properties of Ring-Opening Polymerization.
8.6 Catalytic Processes Using Green Catalysts Methods.
8.7 Thermoplastic Elastomers and their Biodegradation Processes.
8.8 Concluding Remarks.
9 Poly(lactide)s as Robust Renewable Materials (Jan M. Becker and Andrew P. Dove).
9.2 Ring-Opening Polymerization of Lactide
9.3 Poly(lactide) Properties.
9.4 Thermoplastic Elastomers.
9.5 Future Developments/Outlook.
10 Synthesis of Saccharide-Derived Functional Polymers (Julian Thimm and Joachim Thiem).
10.4 Polyurethanes and Polyureas.
11 Degradable and Biodegradable Polymers by Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization: From Synthesis to Application (Nicolay V. Tsarevsky).
11.2 (Bio)degradable Polymers by CRP
Part V Biomimetic Methods and Biocatalysis
12 High-Performance Polymers from Phenolic Biomonomers (Tatsuo Kaneko).
12.2 Coumarates as Phytomonomers
12.3 LC Properties of Homopolymers.
12.4 LC Copolymers for Biomaterials.
12.5 LC Copolymers for Photofunctional Polymers.
12.6 LC Copolymers for High Heat-Resistant Polymers
13 Enzymatic Polymer Synthesis in Green Chemistry (Andreas Heise and Inge van der Meulen).
13.3 Green Media for Enzymatic Polymerization.
13.4 Conclusions and Outlook
14 Green Cationic Polymerizations and Polymer Functionalization for Biotechnology (Judit E. Puskas, Chengching K. Chiang, and Mustafa Y. Sen).
14.3 ‘‘Green’’ Cationic Polymerizations and Polymer Functionalization Using Lipases.
14.4 Natural Rubber Biosynthesis – the Ultimate Green Cationic Polymerization.
14.5 Green Synthetic Cationic Polymerization and Copolymerization of Isoprene.