Vol. 23, No.5
Book from IUPAC and Wiley-VCH
Vol. 161: Controlled Synthesis of Functional Polymers. Symposium
Editor, Jaroslav Kahovec; Editor, I. Meisel; Associate Editor, S. Spiegel;
Assistant Editors, H. Beattie and C. S. Kniep. Published by Wiley-VCH,
October 2000, pp. 1-190. ISBN 3527 301402 (ISSN 10221360).
Contents and Preface
The micro-symposium "Advances in Polymerization Methods. Controlled
Synthesis of Functionalized Polymers" was the 39th in the series of
Prague Meetings on Macromolecules organized since 1967. This micro-symposium,
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, there was discussion of anionic,
cationic, and radical processes leading to polymers with tailored structure
and properties and bearing reactive groups.
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 the potential of controlled polymerization and stimulating
new research initiatives.
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 this 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 micro-symposium 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.
Dr. Petr Vlcek
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,