Synthesis, Structures, and Emerging Uses for Poly(organophosphazenes)

Harry R. Allcock

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Several different methods exist for the synthesis of poly(organophosphazenes), including ring-opening polymerization followed by macromolecular substitution, and several condensation methods. The macromolecular substitution alternative allows the linkage of a very wide range of different side groups to the inorganic backbone via reactions that permit the structure of the final polymer to be controlled by the electronic and steric characteristics of the side groups. The product polymers are elastomers, film-and fiber-formers, gels, membranes, and bioactive or biostable macromolecules that have many actual and potential biomedical or engineering uses. These opportunities are illustrated by a table of structure-property relationships which provides guidance for the design of polymers with predictable combinations of characteristics and potential uses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolyphosphazenes in Biomedicine, Engineering, and Pioneering Synthesis
EditorsHarry R. Allcock, Alexander K. Andrianov
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780841233614
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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