Providing a range of information on polymers and polymerization techniques, this text covers the gamut of polymer science from synthesis, structure and properties to function and applications. It analyzes speciality polymers, including acrylics, fluoropolymers, polysiplanes, polyphosphazenes, and inorganic and conducting polymers. The book examines the stereochemistry of polymerization and the stereoregularity of polymers.
". . .the editors are to be warmly congratulated as they have captured 46 chapters of quite excellent material from experts in the field without even assembling the contributors for a meeting! Splendid reviews are given of living radical, living anionic and living cationic, group transfer, ring-opening and coordination polymerizations. . . . . .highly recommend[ed]. . .to all who are interested in polymer chemistry. "
". . .In addition to the well-written, clearly understood text, the numerous illustrations and over 2,500 references cited make this reference book an outstanding guide for polymer scientists, plastics engineers, materials scientists, and graduate students in these areas of study. "
---IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine
Rational design of well-defined polymeric materials. Part 1 Control of polymerization toward molecular design of polymers: structural control by living radical polymerization; living cationic polymerization - design of polymerization and macromolecular structure; macromolecular engineering by carbocationic polymers by living anionic polymerization; controlled polymer synthesis with metalloporphyrins; group transfer polymerization for controlled polymer architecture; industrial applications of living polymerization; stereospecific living polymerization of methacrylate and construction of stereoregular polymer architecture; stereochemistry of anionic polymerization of polar vinyl monomers; helical polymers and oligomers with molecular dissymetry; activated monomer polymerization of cyclic monomers; ring-opening polymerization of cyclic sulfides and imines; macromolecular engineering of polylactones and polylactides by ring-opening polymerization; coordination polymerization with high-activity catalyst and soluble coordination catalysts; macrocyclic oligomers as precursors of high polymers; in-site polycondensation for synthesis of high performance polymers; design of reactive polymers and their applications; polymer reactions for the synthesis of functional polymers; synthetic design by modification of natural materials; highly branched polymers - dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers; star polymer synthesis; molecular design of network polymers. Part 2 Molecular design of specialty polymers: acrylic copolymers by radical and anionic mechanisms and their practical applications; fluoropolymers and fluoroelastomers. (Part contents).