ANA-MARIA PANA, LUCIAN-MIRCEA RUSNAC, GEZA BANDUR, EUGEN SISU, VALENTIN BADEA, MIHAELA SILION SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NEW GLYCOPOLYMERS BASED ON MONOSACCHARIDES AND MALEIC ANHYDRIDE. I. GLUCOSE DERIVATIVES Polymers become more important in everyday life. Although extremely useful in their life cycle, polymers become long-term pollutants. Worldwide, along the increased research in the environmental field, one can obviously observe a keen interest into new biodegradable and biocompatible plastic materials. This paper presents the synthesis and characterization of a new class of biodegradable copolymers based on carbohydrates. An oligomer was synthesized by the polycondensation of 3-benzyl-5,6-(bis(maleyloxy))-1,2-isopropylideneglucofuranose with propane-1,3-diol in the presence of p-toluenesulfonic acid and then it was copolymerized with hydroxypropyl (meth)acrylate, using benzoyl peroxide as initiator. The oligomer was characterized by FTIR, NMR spectroscopy and HPLC-MS, and the copolymers were analyzed using FTIR and thermogravimetry.