Molecular Characterization and Analysis of Polymers

Molecular Characterization and Analysis of Polymers

1st Edition - October 24, 2008

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  • Editors: John Chalmers, Robert Meier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444530561
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932040

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Written by expert contributors from the academic and industrial sectors, this book presents traditional and modern approaches to polymer characterization and analysis. The emphasis is on pragmatics, problem solving and property determination; real-world applications provide a context for key concepts. The characterizations focus on organic polymer and polymer product microstructure and composition.

Key Features

  • Approaches molecular characterization and analysis of polymers from the viewpoint of problem-solving and polymer property characterization, rather than from a technique championing approach
  • Focuses on providing a means to ascertaining the optimum approach or technique(s) to solve a problem/measure a property, and thereby develop an analytical competence in the molecular characterization and analysis of real-world polymer products
  • Provides background on polymer chemistry and microstructure, discussions of polymer chain, morphology, degradation, and product failure and additive analysis, and considers the supporting roles of modeling and high-throughput analysis


This book will be of particular interest to those engaged in polymer research and development and polymer product characterization and analysis. It will be of significant value to polymer groups and research institutions within academia, industrial laboratories and third-party contract organisations/laboratories involved in the molecular characterization and analysis of polymers and polymer products

Table of Contents

  • SECTION I: Introduction
    1 Introduction by John M. Chalmers and Robert J. Meier
    2 Polymer Chemistry and Microstructure by Jacques Devaux and Sophie Demoustier-Champagne
    3 Polymeric Materials: Composition, Uses and Applications by Jack P. Candlin

    SECTION II: Polymer Chain Analysis
    4 Chain Structure Characterization by Gregory Beaucage and Amit S. Kulkarni
    5 Chain End Characterization by Tony Jackson and Duncan Robertson
    6 Determination of molecular weights and their distributions by Simone Wiegand and Werner

    SECTION III: Polymer Morphology and Structure
    7 Phase Structure and Morphology by Rufina G. Alamo
    8 Characterization of Molecular Orientation by Michel Pézolet, Christian Pellerin and Thierry Lefèvre
    9 Polymer Networks: Elastomers by James E. Mark and B. Erman

    SECTION IV: Polymer Degradation
    10 Polymer Degradation and Oxidation: An introduction by John M. Chalmers and Robert J. Meier
    11 The role of oxidation in degradation of polymers; the relation of oxidation to the light emission from oxidized polymers by Jozef Rychlý and Lyda Matisova-Rychlá
    12 ESR and ESR Imaging Methods for the Study of Oxidative Polymer Degradation by Shulamith Schlick and Krzysztof Kruczala

    SECTION V: Polymer Product Analysis
    13 Spatial imaging/heterogeneity by Peter Wilhelm and Boril Chernev
    14 Additive analysis by John Sidwell
    15 Failure, Defect and Contaminant Analysis by James D. Rancourt, Jennifer Brooks, Sue Mecham, Alan Sentnam, Brian Starr and Jason Todd
    16 Surface Analysis by John M. Chalmers and Robert J. Meier

    SECTION IV: Polymer and Polymer Product Development: Support Techniques
    17 The Supporting Role of Molecular Modelling and Computational Chemistry in Polymer Analysis by John Kendrick
    18 High

Product details

  • No. of pages: 776
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: October 24, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444530561
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932040

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John Chalmers

Robert Meier

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