Alternating Copolymers

  • J. M. G. Cowie

Part of the Speciality Polymers book series (SPEPO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. J. M. G. Cowie
    Pages 1-18
  3. Junji Furukawa, Isao Maruyama
    Pages 153-187
  4. Shiro Kobayashi, Takeo Saegusa
    Pages 189-238
  5. I. J. McEwen, A. F. Johnson
    Pages 239-276
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-281

About this book


Examination of the early literature attests to the fact that the study of copolymerization was initiated when polymer science was in its infancy. It has continued to grow to a subject of major importance and has been a source of interest to both academic and industrialist alike. The wide spectrum of structures and properties available in the statistical copolymer has made this a fruitful field of exploration, but one particular and more restricted form which has held its own fascination for many is the limiting case of the strictly alternating copolymer. This is formed, in the ideal situation, when two monomers in a reaction mixture add consecutively to create a polymer chain with a regular {ABABAB} structure, irrespective of the monomer feed ratio. When this happens the resulting copolymer will always have the same composition, a feature which can be advantageous but also somewhat restrictive, as the ability to vary the properties is then limited. Within a series entitled Speciality Polymers it seems appropriate then to deal with this subject, particularly as no previous attempt has been made to draw together the various facets of alternating copolymerization into one volume. It also seems timely to present a more unified picture of the subject which will also illustrate the progress made.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. M. G. Cowie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of StirlingStirlingScotland

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