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Polymers From the Inside Out: An Introduction to Macromolecules

Polymers From the Inside Out: An Introduction to Macromolecules

Alan E. Tonelli

ISBN: 978-0-471-38138-9 April 2001 280 Pages


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Polymer science is concerned with the structure, synthesis, physical properties, and utility of polymers. Polymers are macromolecular building blocks used to construct natural and man-made materials. Polymers from the Inside Out: An Introduction to Macromolecules provides an all-encompassing introduction to polymers and how they affect the world.
Offering a clear explanation of the unique properties exhibited by polymers, this book explores the detailed microstructures of polymers and their internal responses to stress and the environment. Polymers from the Inside Out appeals to a wide range of disciplines, including polymer, organic, materials, and physical chemistry, as well as textile science and engineering.

Chapters include:

  • Physical properties unique to polymeric materials
  • Step-growth and chain-growth polymerizations
  • Microstructures of polymers
  • Conformational characteristics of polymers developed with the rotational isomeric states model
  • Solution and bulk properties of polymers
  • Biopolymers

Discussion questions appropriate for first- and second-semester polymer students at the end of every chapter Polymers from the Inside Out is designed to facilitate either a one-semester or two-semester course on polymers and is an essential resource for the practicing scientist.

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Chapter Summary.


Step-Growth Polymerization.

Chain-Growth Polymerization.

The Microstructures of Polymers.

The Conformational Characteristics of Polymers.

Solution Properties of Polymers.

Bulk Properties of Polymers.

Naturally Occurring Biopolymers.

"The authors explain polymers' unique properties; contrast step-and chain-growth polymerization; and conclude with a focus on naturally-occurring biopolymers." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2001)

"...introduces students to both synthesis and properties, but does so as a broad overview 'to facilitate either a one-semester or two-semester course in polymer science.'" (Choice, Vol. 39, No. 3, November 2001)

"A really nice concise book for an introductory polymer course.... Well done!!!" (Polymer News, Vol. 26, No. 10, 2001)

"...recommended reading for all those of us who have anything to do with plastics in any of its areas." ("...que es recomendable su lectura por parte de todos aquellos que nos relacionamos con los plasticos en cualquiere de sus ambitos.") (Centro Espanol de Plasticos, January/February 2002)

" essential resource for the practising scientist..." (DKILit)

"This book…will be of great use for professors of physics and chemistry." (Centro Espanol de Plasticos, August 2007)