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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

Eur. Phys. J. E 7, 183-202 (2002)
DOI: 10.1140/epje/i200101022

Scattering properties of gradient heteropolymers obtained by "living" free-radical copolymerization

S.I. Kuchanov1 and T.V. Zharnikov2

1  Polymers and Crystals Chair, Physics Department, Moscow State University, Moscow 119899, Russia
2  Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of Russian Academy of Sciences, Miusskaya Square, 4, Moscow 125047, Russia


(Received 13 February 2001 and Received in final form 4 February 2002)

An original, quantitative, theory of "living" radical copolymerization has been developed proceeding from the current concepts of its kinetics and mechanism. This theory enables one to calculate both the dependence of monomers' conversion on time and any statistical characteristics of the chemical structures of the copolymers formed. Expressions have been derived describing the angular dependence of the scattering amplitude of the copolymerization products. The results of quantitative calculations of these characteristics have been also presented to exemplify the potentialities of the theory.

82.35.Jk - Copolymers, phase transitions, structure.
82.35.Lr - Physical properties of polymers.

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