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Homopolymers and block copolymers
We use anionic polymerization techniques to synthesize model polymers with predictable molecular weights and narrow molecular weight distribution. By the use of special monomers this technique allows to synthesize homopolymers and block copolymers of the wished property profile. New amphiphilic block copolymers which were developed in this lab are widely used to study micelles and emulsification boosters for microemulsions. For usaturated polymers a possibility to change the properties is hydrogenation. By this way 1,4-polybutadiene is transformed into polyethylene which is an ideal material to for fundamental questions but also applied research.

Neutron Scattering:
J. Allgaier

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