Editor, J. Kahovec
Wiley-VCH, 2000, pp. 1-190
"Advances in Polymerization Methods. Controlled Synthesis of Functionalized
Polymers" was the 39th in the series of the Prague Meetings on
Macromolecules organized since 1967. The microsymposium devoted to the
tailoring of polymers tried to bring together experts dealing with controlled
polymerizations of all kinds regardless of the character of the growing
chain-end. Thus, anionic, cationic, and radical processes were discussed
leading to polymers with tailored structure and properties and bearing
reactive groups. The main topics covered were: (i) Tailoring of polymers
by ionic living systems, (ii) Controlled free-radical polymerization,
(iii) Synthesis of functionalized polymers by initiation and termination
methods and by chemical modification of polymers, and (iv) Characterization
and application of functionalized polymers. It was shown that both the
ionic (R.P Quirk) and radical (K. Matyjaszewski) methods can offer the
desired products; none of them, however, is generally applicable and
each method has its advantages and drawbacks (P. Lutz). Several lecturers
presented the utilization of appropriate combinations of polymerization
methods giving polymers and copolymers of new structures, thus demonstrating
potentials of controlled polymerization and stimulating new research
An effort was made
to include specialists from various parts of the world (127 participants
from 29 countries); also young scientists were encouraged to participate
in the meeting. The scientific program consisted of 9 invited (main)
lectures presented by top experts in various fields, 23 short (special)
presentations and 61 posters. Most of the oral contributions are included
in the present volume reflecting both the quality and diversity of the
meeting and giving a brief overview for those interested in the field.
The organizers of
the microsymposium wish to express their gratitude to the sponsoring
companies: Unipetrol, Inc., Czech Republic; Sigma-Aldrich Ltd., Czech
Republic; Eastman Chemical Europe, B.V., United Kingdom; Bayer A.G.,
Germany; and Exxon Chemical Europe, Belgium.
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