Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Branching

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1552

n (1) The growth of a new polymer chain from an active site on an established chain, in a direction different from that of the original chain. Branching occurs as a result of chain-transfer processes or from the polymerization of difunctional monomers, and is an important factor influencing polymer properties. (2) Two-dimensional polymers having relatively short sidechains branching from the main backbone. (Odian GC, (2004) Principles of polymerization, Wiley, New York).

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA