ACS Macro Letters

Synthesis of Functionalized Cyclic Carbonates through Commodity Polymer Upcycling

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Functionalized cyclic carbonates are attractive monomers for the synthesis of innovative polycarbonates or polyurethanes for various applications. Even though their synthesis has been intensively investigated, doing so in a sustainable and efficient manner remains a challenge. Herein, we propose an organocatalytic procedure based on the depolymerization of a commodity polymer, bisphenol A based polycarbonate (BPA-PC). Different carbonate-containing heterocycles are obtained in good to excellent yields employing BPA-PC as a sustainable and inexpensive source of carbonate, including functionalized six-membered cyclic carbonates.