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Molecular Characterization of Polymers - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128197684, 9780128225981

Molecular Characterization of Polymers

1st Edition

A Fundamental Guide

Editors: Muhammad Malik Jimmy Mays Muhammad Raza Shah
Paperback ISBN: 9780128197684
eBook ISBN: 9780128225981
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 9th March 2021
Page Count: 668
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Molecular Characterization of Polymers presents a range of advanced and cutting-edge methods for the characterization of polymers at the molecular level, guiding the reader through theory, fundamentals, instrumentation, and applications, and supporting the end goal of efficient material selection and improved material performance.

Each chapter focuses on a specific technique or family of techniques, including the different areas of chromatography, field flow fractionation, long chain branching, static and dynamic light scattering, mass spectrometry, NMR, X-Ray and neutron scattering, polymer dilute solution viscometry, microscopy, and vibrational spectroscopy. In each case, in-depth coverage explains how to successfully implement and utilize the technique.

This practical resource is highly valuable to researchers and advanced students in polymer science, materials science, and engineering, and to those from other disciplines and industries who are unfamiliar with polymer characterization techniques.

Key Features

  • Introduces a range of advanced characterization methods, covering aspects such as molecular weight, polydispersity, branching, composition, and tacticity
  • Enables the reader to understand and to compare the available technique, and implement the selected technique(s), with a view to improving properties of the polymeric material
  • Establishes a strong link between basic principles, characterization techniques, and real-life applications


Academia: Researchers and advanced students in polymer science, materials science and engineering, and those from other disciplines who are unfamiliar with polymer characterization techniques. Industry: Engineers, designers, and R&D working with polymeric materials

Table of Contents

  1. Basic principles of size exclusion and liquid interaction chromatography of polymers
  2. Multidetector size exclusion chromatography of polymers
  3. Temperature gradient interaction chromatography of polymers
  4. Field-flow fractionation techniques for polymer characterization
  5. Characterization of polyolefins
  6. Analytical ultracentrifugation and combined molecular hydrodynamic approaches for polymer characterization
  7. Dilute solution viscometry of polymers
  8. Characterization of long-chain branching in polymers
  9. Mass spectrometry of polymers
  10. Vibrational spectroscopy of polymers
  11. Characterization of polymers by NMR
  12. Characterization of polymers by dynamic light scattering
  13. Characterization of polymers by static light scattering
  14. Characterization of polymers by LenS3 multiangle light scattering
  15. X-ray and neutron scattering of polymers
  16. Microscopy of polymers


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About the Editors

Muhammad Malik

Dr Muhammad Imran Malik graduated from Karl-Franzens-Universitäte Graz, Austria in polymer chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Bernd Trathnigg in 2009. Later he worked in the research groups of Prof. Harald Pasch, University of Stellenbosch South Africa (2010-2011) and Prof. Taihyun Chang, POSTECH South Korea (2015) as a post-doctoral reserach scientist. The research focus of Dr Malik in all above-mentioned positions was analytical polymer science. In 2012, he joined the International Center of Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi as an Assistant Professor. The major research interest of Dr Malik is synthesis of novel polymeric architecture and development of comprehensive analytical methods for polymers. His research interests extend to polymer stabilized nanoparticles and their applications, such as sensors, drug delivery, molecularly imprinted polymers, and organic solar cells. Dr Malik has authored/co-authored more than 60 peer reviwed publications, three chapters in edited books and one book entitled ‘Advanced Separation Techniques for Polyolefins’. Currently, Dr Malik is Associate Porfessor at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Jimmy Mays

Prof. Jimmy Mays is Emeritus Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, after retiring from the University at the end of 2017. Prof. Mays received his B.S. degree in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, in 1979, and completed his Ph.D. in Polymer Science at the University of Akron, in 1984 (with L. J. Fetters). After graduation, he worked for several years at Hercules Research Center, prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2002, he became an UT/ORNL Distinguished Scientist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prof. Mays’ research has centered on polymer synthesis, polymer characterization, and polymer solution properties. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has won the ACS Polymer Chemistry Division’s Herman Mark Senior Scholar Award, the ACS PMSE Division’s Doolittle Award, and the ACS Southern Chemist Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Muhammad Raza Shah

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Raza Shah is a Full Professor at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry University of Karachi, Pakistan. He is also the Head of the Center for Bioequivalence Studies and Clinical Research (CBSCR) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the civil award Tamgha-i-Imtiaz from President of Pakistan, and the Dr. M. Raziuddin Siddiqi Prize (2015) for Scientists under 40 in the Field of Chemistry by Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He has written over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry University, Karachi, Pakistan

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