Branched Polymers I

  • Jacques¬†Roovers

Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 142)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Bernadette Charleux, Rudolf Faust
    Pages 1-69
  3. Nikos Hadjichristidis, Stergios Pispas, Marinos Pitsikalis, Hermis Iatrou, Costas Vlahos
    Pages 71-127
  4. Koichi Ito, Seigou Kawaguchi
    Pages 129-178
  5. Jacques Roovers, Bogdan Comanita
    Pages 179-228
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-242

About this book


While books have been written on many topics of Polymer Science, no compre hensive treatise on long chain branching has ever been composed. This series of reviews in Volume 142 and 143 of Advances in Polymer Science tries to fill this gap by highlighting active areas of research on branched polymers. Long chain branching is a phenomenon observed in synthetic polymers and in some natural polysaccharides. It has long been recognized as a major mole cular parameter of macromolecules. Its presence was first surmised by H. Stau dinger and G. V. Schuh (Ber. 68, 2320, 1935). Interestingly, their method of iden tification by means of the abnormal relation between intrinsic viscosity and molecular weight has survived to this day. Indeed, the most sophisticated method for analysis of long chain branching uses size exclusion fractionation with the simultaneous recording of mass, molecular weight and intrinsic visco sity of the fractions. In the 1940s and 1950s, random branching in polymers and its effect on their properties was studied by Stockmayer, Flory, Zimm and many others. Their work remains a milestone on the subject to this day. Flory dedicated several chapters of his "Principles of Polymer Chemistry" to non linear polymers. Especially important at that time was the view that randomly branched polymers are inter mediates to polymeric networks. Further developments in randomly branched polymers came from the introduction of percolation theory. The modern aspec ts of this topic are elaborated here in the chapter by W. Burchard.


Copolymer polymer polymer science polymerization

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacques¬†Roovers
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental TechnologyNational Research Council CanadaOttawaCANADA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-64923-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-68310-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-3195
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