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Basics of Polymers by Muralisrinivasan Natamai Subramanian

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CHAPTER 3

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POLYMERIZATION TECHNIQUES

Polymers are commercially important materials of long chains of short repeating molecular units linked by covalent bonds [1]. They differ in their physical properties from monomers, which are simple organic compounds. The number of polymers synthesized increases, even though molecular level of interactions is important.

Carothers classified polymers by types of compounds based on their capability to polymerize and types of polymerization. This classification is a commonly used strategy and is useful between different polymers produced by step-, chain-, or ring-opening polymerization. A large variety of modern polymerization techniques have been added such as metathesis, living, ionic, ...

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