Poly (lactic acid) (PLA) is extensively used as an eco-friendly compound for many applications. The synthesis of stereo-pure lactide, specifically L,L-lactide which is the most desired isomer for the synthesis of high-quality PLA is very important. In this work, various materials including MOFs and simple bases have been applied as catalysts for the Lactide synthesis. Herein we report the one-step synthesis of L,L-lactide with high selectivity and yield (99%) in the absence of racemization by applying a cost-effective Cs2CO3 catalyst. The novel described procedure is even expected to be very efficient for industrial applications.
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- Process Chemistry and Technology