Comparison of Linear, Hyperbranched, and Dendritic Macromolecules

Craig J. Hawker*, Jean M.J. Fréchet

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A comparison of the physical properties of hyperbranched and dendritic macromolecules with linear polymers and the linear analogs of these 3-dimensional polymers is presented. It is found that thermal properties, such as glass transition temperature and degradation, are the same regardless of the macromolecular architecture but are very sensitive to the number and nature of chain end functional groups. However, other properties, such as solubility, melt viscosity, chemical reactivity, intrinsic viscosity were found to be very dependent on the macromolecular architecture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-144
Number of pages15
JournalACS Symposium Series
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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