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Chemistry and Applications of Polyphosphazenes

Chemistry and Applications of Polyphosphazenes

Harry R. Allcock

ISBN: 978-0-471-44371-1

Dec 2002

744 pages

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Polyphosphazenes are polymers containing nitrogen as part of their backbone; they are commonly used in O-rings, pipelines, and seals in oil, fuel delivery, and storage systems. New polyphosphazene derivatives have been proven biocompatible, biodegradable, and bioactive, and some of them are being investigated for possible medical applications.
Harry Allcock’s Chemistry and Applications of Polyphosphazenes provides the only published compilation of material on polyphosphazenes, detailing synthetic methodologies and physical properties for each substance. Allcock explains the critical relationships between structure and properties, aiding the practicing researcher in the design of polyphosphazenes with specific applications. Professionals and students in polymer science, engineering, and industries such as rubbers and plastics will find Chemistry and Applications of Polyphosphazenes to be an invaluable text.


1. Concepts, Nomenclature, and Background.

2. Overview of Polyphosphazene Synthesis and Characterization Methods. 

3. The Model Compound Concept.


 4. Synthesis of Polymerization Monomers.

 5. Ring-Opening Polymerization.

6. Condensation Polymerization to Linear Polyphosphazenes.

7. Primary Macromolecular Substitution.

8. Secondary Reactions Carried Out on Polyphosphazene Side Groups.

9. Crosslinking Reactions.

10. Ring-Linked Phosphazene Polymers.

11. Hybrid Systems.


12. General Structure and Property Relationships in Polyphosphazenes.

13. Classical Polyphosphazenes.

14. Properties of Newer Emerging Systems.

15. Polyphosphazenes as Biomedical Materials.

16. Membranes.

17. Polyphosphazenes as Solid Polymer Electrolytes.

18. Optical and Electro-Optical Polymers.

19. Elastomers and Other Applications.


Appendix I. Reprint of H. N. Stokes Paper of 1897.

Appendix II. Reagents Used in Polyphosphazene Primary Macromolecular Substitution.


"This excellent book makes a very important contribution...essential to anyone working in this or related fields...very highly recommended." (Polymer News)

" excellent and much needed monograph on a fascinating subject...I recommend it wholeheartedly." (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol. 42, 2003)

"...unquestionably the complete, definitive, and up-to-date treatise on the subject. Moreover, the concise and consistent style of the prose and the superb organization of the work make it extremely readable..." (Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 125, No. 31)

" excellent reference for readers in various areas..." (Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 20, No. 9, September 2003)