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Block Copolymers: Synthetic Strategies, Physical Properties, and Applications

ISBN: 978-0-471-39436-5
444 pages
November 2002
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Polymers may be classified as either homopolymers, consisting of one single repeating unit, or copolymers, consisting of two or more distinct repeating units. Block copolymers contain long contiguous blocks of two or more repeating units in the same polymer chain. Covering one of the hottest topics in polymer chemistry, Block Copolymers provides a coherent overview of the synthetic routes, physical properties, and applications of block copolymers.
This pioneering text provides not only a guideline for developing synthetic strategies for creating block copolymers with defined characteristics, but also a key to the relationship between the physical properties of block copolymers and the structure and dynamics of materials. Covering features of the chemistry and physics of block copolymers that are not found in comparable texts, Block Copolymers illustrates the structure-activity relationship of block copolymers and offers suggestions for the design of specific applications. Divided into five sections–Block Copolymers includes chapters on:
  • Block Copolymers by Chemical Modification of Precursor Polymers
  • Nonlinear Block Copolymers
  • Adsorption of Block Copolymers at Solid-Liquid Interfaces
  • Theory of Block Copolymer Segregation
  • Phase Transformation Kinetics
  • Block Copolymer Morphology
  • Block Copolymer Dynamics

Polymer chemists, physicists, chemical engineers, and materials scientists, as well as graduate students in polymer science, will find Block Copolymers to be an invaluable text.

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Preface.

Abbreviations and Symbols.

I: BLOCK COPOLYMER SYNTHESIS.

1 Block Copolymers by Anionic Polymerization.

2 Block Copolymers by Cationic Polymerization.

3 Block Copolymers by Living Free Radical Polymerization.

4 Block Copolymers by Group Transfer Polymerization.

5 Block Copolymers by Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization.

6 Synthesis of Block Copolymers by a Combination of Different Polymerization Methods.

7 Synthesis of Block Copolymers by Chemical Modification.

8 Nonlinear Block Copolymers.

II: MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF BLOCK COPOLYMERS.

9 Molecular Characterization of Block Copolymers.

III: SOLUTION PROPERTIES OF BLOCK COPOLYMERS.

10 Dilute Solutions of Block Copolymers in Nonselective Solvents.

11 Dilute Solutions of Block Copolymers in Selective Solvents.

12 Adsorption of Block Copolymers At Solid-Liquid Interfaces.

IV: PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF BLOCK COPOLYMERS.

13 Theory.

14 Structure Factor and Chain Architecture.

15 Block Copolymer Phase State.

16 Viscoelastic Properties of Block Copolymers.

17 Phase Transformation Kinetics.

18 Block Copolymers with Strongly Interacting Groups.

19 Block Copolymer Morphology.

20 Block Copolymer Dynamics.

V: APPLICATIONS.

21 Block Copolymer Applications.

Index.
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NIKOS HADJICHRISTIDIS, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Athens.

STERGIOS PISPAS, PhD, is a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Athens.

GEORGE A. FLOUDAS, PhD, is Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Ioannina.
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"...sections devoted to block copolymer synthesis and dynamics clearly justify its purchase..." (Advanced Materials, Vol 16(4), 17 February 2004)

"...a review...which is a welcome addition to the literature on block copolymers..." (Polymer International, Vol 53(2), Feb 2004)

"...a text of high quality worthy of being recommended for polymer science libraries as well as acquisition by investigators in this field." (Polymer News)

"...a very important and timely review...this outstanding contribution to the polymer science literature belongs in any library...highly recommended." (Choice, Vol. 40, No. 10, June 2003)

"This pioneering text provides not only a guideline for developing synthetic strategies for creating block copolymers with defined characteristics, but also a key to the relationship between the physical properties...and the structure and dynamics of materials." (Apollit Database)

"...presents an interesting new approach to one of the most active research areas...3 co-authors offer a good balance of expertise...outline demonstrates a good grasp of the important areas and organization seems logical..."

"I am not aware of any modern text which covers the breadth of proposed topics as in the present work." —Professor Edwin Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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