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Graft Copolymers

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*11/09/2013 
from
8/30/2012

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Graft Copolymer Applications

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1. “Graft copolymers are a special type of branched copolymer in which the side chains are structurally distinct from the main chain.  The individual chains of a graft copolymer may be homopolymers or copolymers.  Note that different copolymer sequencing is sufficient to define a structural difference, thus an A-B diblock copolymer with A-B alternating copolymer side chains is properly called a graft copolymer.

For example, suppose we perform a free-radical polymerization of styrene in the presence of polybutadiene, a synthetic rubber, which retains one reactive C=C double bond per residue. We get polystyrene chains growing out in either direction from some of the places where there were double bonds, with a one-carbon rearrangement. Or to look at it the other way around, the result is a polystyrene backbone with polybutadiene chains growing out of it in both directions. This is an interesting copolymer variant in that one of the ingredients was a polymer to begin with.

As with block copolymers, the quasi-composite product has properties of both "components". In the example cited, the rubbery chains absorb energy when the substance is hit, so it is much less brittle than ordinary polystyrene. The product is called high-impact polystyrene, or HIPS.”

(Wikipedia, Graft Copolymers, 8/30/2012)

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(RDC 6/5/2012)

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* Date of latest addition; date of first entry is 8/30/2012.