This volume contains reviews on state-of-the-art Japanese research presented in the annual Spring and Autumn meetings of the Japanese Polymer Science Society. The aim of this section is to make information on the progress of Japanese Polymer Science , and on topics of current interest to polymer scientists in Japan, more easily available worldwide.
Review Section: Additives Solubility in Polymers 1. Effects of Mechanical Deformations on the Structurization and Electric Conductivity of Electric Conducting Polymer Composites 2. Harmless to the Environment Polymer-Impregnated Wood Composites with Polyethylene Binder 3. The Role of Primary Aromatic Amines in the Intensification of Adhesion Interaction in Polyethylene-Steel System 4. Influence of the Method of Vulcanization on Electroconductivity of Filled Siliconorganic Rubbers 5. Role of Some Transformation Products of Phenolic Stabilisers in the Oxidation Process 6. Polyolefins Biodegradation 7. The Factors Influencing Alumoxanes Formation 8. Sponge Effects at the Interaction of Polymers with Low-Molecular Compounds 9. Some New Trends in Polymer Flame Retardancy 10. Fundamental Aspects of Drug Release from Polymers I. Models of Simultaneous Transport of Water and Solutes in Polymers 11. Fundamental Aspects of Drug Release from Polymers II, Approaches to Governing Kinetics of Release 12. Fundamental Aspects of Drug Release from Polymers III. Remarks on Regulation of Biocompatibility of Polymeric Materials 13. Functionalization of Olefin and Diene Oligomers by Oxygen-, Nitrogen-, Phosphorus- and Silicon-Containing Compounds 14. Structural-Physical Effects on the Thermal Degradation of PVC in Complex Polymer Objects 15. Structure, Impurities, Thermal Stability and Thermal Stabilization of the Engineering Thermostable Resins Polymide and Polysulfone Types 16. Flame Retardancy of Cellular Polymeric Materials 17. Differential Phenomenological Equations Associated with Mass Transfer of a Molecular Solution Through a Membrane 18. Kinetics of the Three-Dimensional Photopolymerization 19. The Kinetics of the Three-Dimensional Photopolymerization Some Di(met) Acrylats of the Microheterogenous Model 20. Molecular and Free Radical Products of Reactions of Nitrogen Dioxide with Polyvinylpyrrolidone 21. The Entropic Mechanism of Water Solvation by Polymers Progress in Polymer Science in Japan: Free-Radical Polymerization 22. Anionic, Cationic, and Coordination Polymerizations of Vinyl and Related Monomers 23. Degradable Polymers 24. Recent Advances in Polymer Solutions Studies 25. Supramolecular Systems 26. Functional Polymer: Stimuli-Responsive Polymer, Molecular Recognition and Separation Membranes 27. Polymer Alloys Current Awareness