Recursive approach to copolymerization statistics

F. Lopez-Serrano, J. M. Castro, Chris Macosko, M. Tirrell

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A new method is presented for calculating average values of molecular weight, chain length and sequence distributions in linear copolymerization. The method provides a considerable expedient to these results over most other approaches since the average values are calculated directly, bypassing the calculation of distributions themselves. The approach is applicable to polymerizations possessing a first order Markovian statistical character, and relies on the recursive nature of this type of chain. Several examples are given, some new results for the AA, BB, CC (urethane-like) system are obtained and the recursive approach is contrasted with older approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-273
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1980

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    Lopez-Serrano, F., Castro, J. M., Macosko, C., & Tirrell, M. (1980). Recursive approach to copolymerization statistics. Polymer, 21(3), 263-273.