Nonlinear chemical dynamics in synthetic polymeric systems: Motivations and strategies for success

JA Pojman

Abstract

Two motivations for studying nonlinear chemical dynamics with polymeric systems are considered: observing new nonlinear phenomena and developing new materials because of nonlinearities in polymerization processing. Examples from frontal polymerization are given. Three strategies are considered: coupling polymerizations to nonlinear systems such as oscillating reactions, using inherent nonlinearities in polymerization reactions and investigating the effects of polydispersity on known instabilities.