EQUILIBRIUM POLYMERIZATION; POLYFUNCTIONAL INITIATORS.
Technical rept. no. 4,
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES
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The equilibrium polymerization theory of Tobolsky and Eisenberg is extended to the case of initiation by polyfunctional species, under the assumption that only a single monomer is involved and no cross-linking occurs. A general indexing scheme is given which permits derivation of the relation between degree of polymerization and equilibrium constants for initiation and propagation steps for any functionality of initiator. An explicit derivation for the case of trifunctional initiator is given, and the result for general functionality is provided. Author