Terminally attached polymer chains

  • Avner Friedman
Part of the The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications book series (IMA, volume 38)


Polymer chains which are partially attached to a surface occur in a number of applications, such as colloidal stabilization (paint, ink), adhesion promoters (glue, “Scotch tape”), adhesion preventors (mold release agents, i.e., agents which prevent a casting from sticking to the mold), lubrication, and biocompatability of artificial implants. The effectiveness of the surface, which may be evaluated, for instance, by the stability of the colloid or the strength of the joint, depends on properties of the polymer layer, such as the thickness and segment density distribution; these, in turn, depend on the shape (or conformation) of the polymer chains. One important class of partially attached polymers is that of polymers adsorbed or grafted onto a substrate at (precisely) one of their end points.


Electron Spin Resonance Absorb Boundary Condition Scotch Tape Kuhn Segment Adhesion Preventors 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avner Friedman
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  1. 1.Institute for Mathematics and its ApplicationsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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