The Chemistry of Radical Polymerization

The Chemistry of Radical Polymerization

2nd Edition - December 6, 2005

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  • Authors: Graeme Moad, D.H. Solomon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454795

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In the ten years since the first edition appeared the renaissance in Free Radical Polymerization has continued to gain momentum. In this second revised edition, the authors critically evaluate the findings of the last decade, where necessary reinterpreting earlier work in the light of these ideas, and point to the areas where current and future research is being directed. The overall aim is to provide a framework for further extending our understanding of free radical polymerization and create a definable link between synthesis conditions and polymer structure and properties. The authors have updated all chapters, and added many new references and two new chapters to reflect the significant advances made in radical polymerization. One new chapter has been devoted to the area of living radical polymerization which is now responsible for a very substantial fraction of the papers in the field. In addition to offering polymers with unique compositions and properties not achievable with other methodologies, living radical polymerization has also been combined with other processes and mechanisms to give structures and architectures that were not previously thought possible. The developments are seen to have great application particularly in the emerging areas of electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Key Features

  • An excellent text suitable for graduates in polymer chemistry and a reference source for researchers and practitioners in radical polymerization
  • Seven chapters revised and updated with eight years of new research
  • A new chapter devoted to the growing field of living radical polymerization


For researchers in industry and academic institutions as a reference source on the factors which control radical polymerization and as an aid in designing polymer syntheses. As a text for graduate students in the broad area of polymer chemistry

Table of Contents

    1.1 References

    2.2 Properties of Radicals
    2.3 Addition to Carbon-Carbon Double Bonds
    2.4 Hydrogen Atom Transfer
    2.5 Radical-Radical Reactions
    2.6 References

    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 The Initiation Process
    3.3 The Initiators
    3.4 The Radicals
    3.5 Techniques
    3.6 References

    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Stereosequence Isomerism - Tacticity
    4.3 Regiosequence Isomerism - Head vs Tail Addition
    4.4 Structural Isomerism - Rearrangement
    4.5 Propagation Kinetics and Thermodynamics
    4.6 References

    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Radical-Radical Termination
    5.3 Inhibition and Retardation
    5.4 References

    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Chain Transfer
    6.3 References

    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Copolymer Depiction
    7.3 Propagation in Statistical
    7.4 Termination in Statistical Copolymerization
    7.5 Functional and End-Functional Polymers
    7.6 Block & Graft Copolymerization
    7.7 References

    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Controlling Structural Irregularities
    8.3 Controlling Propagation
    8.4 References

    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Agents Providing Reversible Deactivation
    9.3 Deactivation by Reversible Coupling and Unimolecular Activation
    9.4 Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
    9.5 Reversible Chain Transfer
    9.6 Living Radical Copolymerization
    9.7 End-Functional Polymers
    9.8 Block Copolymers
    9.9 Star Polymers
    9.10 Graft Copolymers/Polymer Brushes
    9.11 Outlook for Living Radical Polymerzation
    9.12 References

Product details

  • No. of pages: 665
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2005
  • Published: December 6, 2005
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454795

About the Authors

Graeme Moad

Graeme Moad, PhD, FAA, FRACI

Chief Research Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Clayton, Victoria, Australia

Affiliations and Expertise

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Clayton, Victoria, Australia

D.H. Solomon

Affiliations and Expertise

Melbourne University, Parkville, Australia

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