Structure and Bonding in Polymers as Revealed by Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Applications (ESCA)

  • D. T. Clark
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (volume 9)


The material presented in this review is a fairly literal transcript (with minor modifications) of the lectures to be given at the NATO Summer School. The objective of the course as far as these particular lectures are concerned may be summarised as follows. Firstly, to introduce to a heterogeneous group of experimentalists and theoreticians the powerful experimental technique of ESCA for studies of structure and bonding in general. After reviewing the fundamentals of the technique in terms of the measurements actually made and basic instrumentation, consideration is given to the types of information available from ESCA studies. This is illustrated by reference to simple monomeric systems. Secondly, quantitative theoretical models for the interpretation of experimental data are reviewed. Thirdly, detailed consideration is given to application of ESCA to studies of structure and bonding across a broad front in the polymer field. Finally, some consideration is given to the likely growth areas of the technique in terms of instrumentation, theoretical interpretation of data and areas of application with particular references to the polymer field. As should become apparent the technique provides a most interesting focal point for the mutually beneficial interaction of experimentalists and theoreticians.


Binding Energy Core Level Escape Depth Valence Level Polyvinylene Fluoride 
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  • D. T. Clark
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of DurhamDurham CityUK

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