Principles of Alternating Copolymerization

  • J. M. G. Cowie
Part of the Speciality Polymers book series (SPEPO)


Polymerization reactions involving two or more monomers have been under investigation ever since the systematic study of polymer science began in the 1930s. During that early period it was quickly recognized that copolymerization reactions possessed unique features which distinguished them from homopolymerizations and also made their interpretation more complex. It was observed that the composition of a copolymer could not necessarily be expected to have the same composition as the mole ratio of the monomers in the feed mixture, but that this was more likely to drift as the reaction progressed. Neither was it assured that every pair of monomers would copolymerize effectively, and in some cases actual inhibition of copolymerization by one of the monomers could be observed.


Vinyl Ether Maleic Anhydride Charge Transfer Complex Radical Initiator Phenyl Vinyl 
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  • J. M. G. Cowie
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of StirlingStirlingScotland

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