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June 2017

Scientists Unlock the Key to Efficiently Make a New Class of Engineering Polymers


Scientific Achievement

Users and staff at the Molecular Foundry have developed a new process of creating polymers containing sulfate or sulfonate that is faster, easier, and cheaper than previous methods.

Significance and Impact

Polysulfonates and polysulfates have great potential as competitors to polycarbonates in industrial and commercial products. This new technique dramatically increases product yield, requires 100-1000 times less catalyst, and is far less hazardous, opening the door to large-scale production.

Research Details


Wang, H., Zhou, F., Ren, G., Zheng, Q., Chen, H., Gao, B., Klivansky, L., Liu, Y., Wu, B., Xu, Q., Lu, J., Sharpless, K. B. and Wu, P. Angew. Chem. 2017 May 18 (epub)
Gao, B., Zhang, L., Zheng, Q., Zhou, F., Klivansky, L. M., Lu, J., Liu, Y., Dong, J., Wu, P., Sharpless, K. B. Nat. Chem. 2017 (epub)