© 1991

New Methods of Polymer Synthesis

  • J. R. Ebdon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. J. R. Ebdon
    Pages 1-21
  3. G. C. Eastmond, O. W. Webster
    Pages 22-75
  4. M. J. Stewart
    Pages 107-137
  5. F. G. Thorpe
    Pages 138-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-200

About this book


Most practitioners and students of polymer chemistry are familiar, in general terms at least, with the established methods of polymer synthesis - radical, anionic, cationic and coordination addition polymerization, and stepwise con­ densation and rearrangement polymerization. These methods are used to synthesize the majority of polymers used in the manufacture of commercially important plastics, fibres, resins and rubbers, and are covered in most introduc­ tory polymer chemistry textbooks and in most undergraduate and graduate courses on polymer science. Fewer polymer chemists, however, have much familiarity with more recent developments in methods of polymer synthesis, unless they have been specifically involved for some time in the synthesis of speciality polymers. These developments include not only refinements to established methods but also new mechanisms of polymerization, such as group transfer and metathesis polymerization and novel non-polymerization routes to speciality polymers involving, for example, the chemical modification of preformed polymers or the linking together of short terminally functionalized blocks.


Rearrangement plastics polymer polymer chemistry polymer science polymer synthesis polymerization polymers synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • J. R. Ebdon
    • 1
  1. 1.Polymer CentreUniversity of LancasterUK

Bibliographic information


Covers the latest methods of polymer synthesis. - British Book News; This is an excellent little book: it includes much more information and critical commentary on topics of major interest to many readers of Polymer International than might be expected.. - Polymer International; Organisers of courses in polymer chemistry should study this book carefully to see what new material they must find room for in their courses. Chemistry and Industry; This work is an excellent source of information on modern developments in polymer synthesis. I found the chapters on group transfer polymerization, ring opening metathesis polymerization and chemical modification of preformed polymers to be particularly informative - Polymer News