Principles of Step-Growth Polymerization (Polycondensation and Polyaddition)

M. Zhang*, S. M. June, Timothy Edward Long

*Corresponding author for this work

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15 Citations (Scopus)


Step-growth polymerization enables future technologies and molecular design of diverse macromolecular architectures ranging from tailored long-chain branching to segmented block copolymers. Scientists and engineers continue to advance the traditional families of step-growth polymers with novel synthetic strategies, unique processing scenarios, and tailored interfaces. Many step-growth polymers impart sustainability into emerging technologies, including bio-derived monomers and biodegradable compositions. New reaction pathways including Michael addition reactions, ionene polyelectrolytes, and click modification strategies have reenergized this field. This chapter focuses on the structure-property-performance relationships that continue to advance macromolecular science and engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Science
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Reference, 10 Volume Set
Number of pages41
ISBN (Print)9780080878621
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Block copolymers
  • Click chemistry
  • Copolymers
  • Dendrimers
  • Hyperbranching
  • Ionenes
  • Michael addition
  • Polyamides
  • Polycondensation
  • Polyesters
  • Polyimides
  • Polyureas
  • Polyurethanes
  • Segmented copolymers
  • Step-growth polymerization
  • Sustainable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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