Polymer Synthesis

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This chapter provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of polymer synthesis for nonspecialist readers and covers basic processes in chain and step polymerization. Molecular weight averages, distributions, and their control are covered. In addition, polymerization thermodynamics, copolymers, polymer modification, nonlinear polymers, and controlled polymerizations are all discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer Science
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Reference, 10 Volume Set
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780080878621
StatePublished - 2012

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  • Anionic polymerization
  • Branched polymers
  • Ceiling temperature
  • Chain polymerization
  • Chain transfer
  • Copolymers
  • Gelation
  • Monomers
  • Most probable distribution
  • Polydispersity index
  • Polymer modification reactions
  • Polymer stereochemistry
  • Polymerization thermodynamics
  • Radical polymerization
  • Step polymerization

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