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Dynamics of associative polymers

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Current progress in understanding the dynamics of associating polymers is reviewed, with examples including both ionic and hydrogen bonding associations. A particular emphasis is placed on quantification of the strength of the interaction that sets the association lifetime. Knowledge of the interaction energy and the number density of associating groups allows a rational understanding of the linear viscoelastic response of many associating polymers.

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The article was received on 05 Jan 2018, accepted on 21 Feb 2018 and first published on 14 Mar 2018

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00044A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 2961-2977
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    Dynamics of associative polymers

    Z. Zhang, Q. Chen and R. H. Colby, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 2961
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00044A

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