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Basics of Polymers by Muralisrinivasan Natamai Subramanian

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CHAPTER 1

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INTRODUCTION

Polymers are synthesized either by humans or by nature. Regarded as being among the most versatile and diverse materials, synthetic polymers have been a source of exciting developments in a variety of application. High-molecular-weight macromolecules and polymerization processes link together individual small monomer molecules by means of covalent bond formation [13]. Many synthetic materials are of potential value in many fields as they possess a combination of physical and chemical properties not found in natural macromolecules. Polymer synthesis may involve a simple repetition of classical organic reactions such as esterification. An important factor in polymer synthesis is the controlled ...

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