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Polymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications

This textbook deals with the synthesis, characterization, material properties and technical applications of polymers. The aim is to impart a broad knowledge of the basic concepts of macromolecular chemistry and the special properties of this class of compounds. Building on the basic knowledge of organic chemistry and thermodynamics, the book presents an easy-to-understand yet in-depth picture of this very dynamic and increasingly important science at the intersection of chemistry, physics, engineering and the life science sector.

In the first chapters, after the introduction of the basic terms, the size and shape of polymers are discussed. A particularly extensive chapter is devoted to the important methods for determining molar masses and their distributions. This is followed by chapters on polymers in the solid state, in which the complex interrelationships in this area are clearly presented. This section in particular is one of the many enrichments compared to previous textbooks. Influences of the chemical structure and architecture on the material properties of polymer materials are clearly shown here.

Chapters on step growth, radical, ionic, ring-opening, and coordinative polymerizations are an essential part of every textbook, and here too they take up the space they deserve. They prove once again how diverse the Synthesech

emie polymeric materials. This chemical perspective is broadened by the chapter on copolymerization.

The chapters on technical polymers, functional polymers, elastomers and liquid crystalline polymers are very useful and often neglected in other textbooks. These chapters are completed by a clear, qualitatively easy to understand description of the most important processing methods.

A topic that should not be missing in a modern textbook is dealt with in the chapter “Polymers and the Environment”. The examples summarized in the final chapter under “Modern Trends” are intended to arouse curiosity about the future of this subject.

When writing the book, great importance was attached to good readability despite the required level of detail - a book that is just as suitable for students of chemistry and related courses as it is for applied scientists in an industrial environment.

The authors:

Dr. Sebastian Koltzenburg, Principal Scientist in materials and systems research at BASF and lecturer in macromolecular chemistry at Heidelberg University

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Maskos, Managing Director of the Institute for Microtechnology Mainz and Professor for Chemical Process Engineering / Microfluidics at the University of Mainz

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oskar Nuyken, former head of the chairs for macromolecular chemistry at the University of Bayreut

h (1986-1992) and at the Technical University of Munich (1992-2007)


Chemistry Plastics Polymer analysis Polymers Polymer physics Polymer synthesis

Authors and affiliations

  • Sebastian Koltzenburg
  • Michael Maskos
  • Oskar Nuyken
  1. 1.BASF Ludwigshafen Competence Center Formulation TechnologyLudwigshafenGermany
  2. 2. Institute for Microtechnology Mainz GmbHMainzGermany
  3. 3.TU Munich LS Macromolecular MaterialsGarchingGermany

About the authors

Dr. Sebastian Koltzenburg, BASF in Ludwigshafen; Prof. Dr. Michael Maskos, MPI for Polymer Research Mainz; Prof. Dr. Oskar Nuyken, Technical University of Munich

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