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Principles of Polymerization [Hardcover]

George Odian
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February 9, 2004 0471274003 978-0471274001 4
The new edition of a classic text and reference
The large chains of molecules known as polymers are currently used in everything from "wash and wear" clothing to rubber tires to protective enamels and paints. Yet the practical applications of polymers are only increasing; innovations in polymer chemistry constantly bring both improved and entirely new uses for polymers onto the technological playing field. Principles of Polymerization, Fourth Edition presents the classic text on polymer synthesis, fully updated to reflect today's state of the art. New and expanded coverage in the Fourth Edition includes:
* Metallocene and post-metallocene polymerization catalysts
* Living polymerizations (radical, cationic, anionic)
* Dendrimer, hyperbranched, brush, and other polymer architectures and assemblies
* Graft and block copolymers
* High-temperature polymers
* Inorganic and organometallic polymers
* Conducting polymers
* Ring-opening polymer ization
* In vivo and in vitro polymerization
Appropriate for both novice and advanced students as well as professionals, this comprehensive yet accessible resource enables the reader to achieve an advanced, up-to-date understanding of polymer synthesis. Different methods of polymerization, reaction parameters for synthesis, molecular weight, branching and crosslinking, and the chemical and physical structure of polymers all receive ample coverage. A thorough discussion at the elementary level prefaces each topic, with a more advanced treatment following. Yet the language throughout remains straightforward and geared towards the student.
Extensively updated, Principles of Polymerization, Fourth Edition provides an excellent textbook for today's students of polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science, as well as a current reference for the researcher or other practitioner working in these areas.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…this book would be useful…as a reference tool…" (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, March/April 2006)

"Chemists, chemical engineers, and material scientists who want to know more about the chemistry and structural control of polymers would find extensive information in this book…" (MRS Bulletin, February 2006)

“…the most comprehensive treatment of this topic that I have encountered … an essential component of the book collection of any research group involved in polymer synthesis.” (Advanced Materials, 2005; Vol., 17; 16)

“…an excellent textbook for today’s students of polymer chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science, as well as a current reference for the researcher….” (Apollit, 2005)

"This is the fourth edition of what has not only become a classic textbook but is most useful as a reference book...the author...writes clear and precise sentences and makes what can be a dry subject interesting to read.” (E-STREAMS, October 2004)

"...an admirable text for teaching...and also serves as a valuable reference...a real investment and an important desk reference for polymer synthesis chemists." (Polymer News)

From the Back Cover

The new edition of a classic text and reference

The large chains of molecules known as polymers are currently used in everything from "wash and wear" clothing to rubber tires to protective enamels and paints. Yet the practical applications of polymers are only increasing; innovations in polymer chemistry constantly bring both improved and entirely new uses for polymers onto the technological playing field. Principles of Polymerization, Fourth Edition presents the classic text on polymer synthesis, fully updated to reflect today's state of the art. New and expanded coverage in the Fourth Edition includes:

  • Metallocene and post-metallocene polymerization catalysts
  • Living polymerizations (radical, cationic, anionic)
  • Dendrimer, hyperbranched, brush, and other polymer architectures and assemblies
  • Graft and block copolymers
  • High-temperature polymers
  • Inorganic and organometallic polymers
  • Conducting polymers
  • Ring-opening polymer ization
  • In vivo and in vitro polymerization

Appropriate for both novice and advanced students as well as professionals, this comprehensive yet accessible resource enables the reader to achieve an advanced, up-to-date understanding of polymer synthesis. Different methods of polymerization, reaction parameters for synthesis, molecular weight, branching and crosslinking, and the chemical and physical structure of polymers all receive ample coverage. A thorough discussion at the elementary level prefaces each topic, with a more advanced treatment following. Yet the language throughout remains straightforward and geared towards the student.

Extensively updated, Principles of Polymerization, Fourth Edition provides an excellent textbook for today's students of polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science, as well as a current reference for the researcher or other practitioner working in these areas.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 4 edition (February 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471274003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471274001
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great text book! November 3, 2001
Format:Hardcover
I took a course last year in Polymer Chemistry and this text was the standard text book. It was an amazingly great reference book. This book mainly target on Polymerization synthesis and characterization. If you are interested in the mechanical properties of polymer, you should look for other one. But this is a must for all polymer chemists and material scientists who are interested in polymer processing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK polymer textbook December 15, 2012
By Mike
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The book is becoming quickly outdated and lacks a comprehensive review of major advances in polymer chemistry. The book has a strong focus on reaction kinetics and equations as it pertains to both step growth and free radical chemistries, however, the synthesis and applications are lacking. The book could use a much better section on controlled radical polymerization. Overall not in love with the book, but it provides a solid fundamental understanding of polymer chemistry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Text in Tandem with Hiemenz/Lodge October 18, 2012
By Brad
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While Hiemenz/Lodge-Polymer Chemistry supplies good detail it is a bit dry. I have often referred to Odian to clarify a concept in more understandable terms. Additionally, some of the examples in Lodge are terrible. Polymer Chemistry was the required text for my Polymers course and Odian has helped me tremendously for test prep, etc. I would highly recommend the purchase. Regarding quality, book was new as described with fast shipping.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a catalog rather than a textbook August 15, 2012
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I can see this being more useful to someone who has been in the field for years but certainly not a textbook students to learn from. The author gives a dry, boring journey into polymers that is more encyclopedic than learning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For learning Polymers November 16, 2011
By b1y
Format:Hardcover
I did some synthesis through my BS, MS, and even PhD career, and used a number of books in order to truly master the subject. Overall, I recommend Sperling's book, Allcock's, Rodriguez, and Craver & Provder. I used other editions of these books during my BS when I was doing synthesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good review September 14, 2011
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It is amazing to find out the book is totally new. I am glad to get it by half of the price for a new book. It worthes.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy reference December 15, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I have been using this book for several years, including a term where it was the primary text for a graduate-level Introduction to Polymers course. As textbooks go, I have found this one relatively easy to read, and the concepts easy to follow. It it quite comprehensive, but assumes an undergraduate background in organic and physical chemistry. Since the course, it has been a handy reference in my research, though, as someone else noted, it is lacking in respect to living polymerizations, particularly Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization. However, Odian's work remains one of the most useful textbooks from my graduate classes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars slow shipping
I paid for 1 day, overnight shipping; however, I have not received my package after 1 day. I needed the book for class and now I won't have it.
Published on August 19, 2010 by gregory miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time
I came across this book awhile back. I did read it. I found the mechanisms very weak....as well as poorly explained concepts.There was nothing on orbital theory either. Read more
Published on November 22, 2008 by James Romano
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for polymer chemistry!
Odian offers a comprehensive guide to polymer chemistry, covering nearly all the types of polymerization, exploring radical, ionic, step, and copolymerization mechanisms and... Read more
Published on October 31, 2003 by Vivek Sharma
3.0 out of 5 stars The standard text for teaching polymer chemistry.
The number of concepts covered in this book is amazing -- I learn something new with each reading. The book is also great for pointing you to the leading references in the field;... Read more
Published on June 25, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, despite recent reviews to the contrary.
Encyclopedic and comprehensive, this
text ought to be the sole reference work for undergrads and
graduates in the field of polymer science.
Published on July 21, 1996
3.0 out of 5 stars This text is so dry I'm using it as dessicant in my hood.
Well, it's got everything in it, including the kitchen sink
and perhaps a few forklift tires as well (crosslinked
polyurethane). Read more
Published on July 21, 1996
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