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Polymerization in Aqueous Solution-20

Elsevier Ltd
DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-08-096701-1.00082-3
  • Biology


The unique position that water occupies, both in terms of physical properties and biological significance, has been recognized for many years and has been widely discussed.1–4 The consequences of this position are reflected not only in the inherent behaviour of water as a polymerization solvent, but also in the fact that the interactions of the resultant polymers with the polymerization solvent have a very marked influence on their subsequent behaviour and utility. In a number of commercially and biologically important applications, therefore, water plays a special role, both in polymerization and in controlling polymer properties. It is important to recognize, however, that not all polymers that are used in solutions of, or swollen by, water are formed by aqueous polymerization and that this chapter is primarily concerned with polymerization in aqueous solution, rather than water soluble polymers.

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