Step-growth and ring-opening polymerization

Rajendra P. Pawar, Abraham J. Domb

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Condensation polymerizations are those which yield polymers with repeating units having lesser atoms than present in the monomers from which they are formed. This type of polymerization involves the elimination of a small molecule (e.g., H2O, HCl). Addition polymerizations are those which yield polymers with repeat units having identical molecular formula of those of the monomers from which they are formed, as well as losing the unsaturation such as double bonds that transform to connections between the monomer units. This type of polymerization does not eliminate any small molecule and the entire monomer molecule becomes part of the polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomaterials for Delivery and Targeting of Proteins and Nucleic Acids
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780203492321
ISBN (Print)9780849323348
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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