This book comprises the contributions of several authors in the area of polymer
characterization by atomic force microscopy of the polymer network structure formed
in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals Cells; polymerization by microwave irradiation
method of starch/acrylic acid/acrylamide; polymerization of olefins; emulsion
polymerization; ring opening polymerization; cationic polymerization of vinyl
monomers ; block and graft copolymerization by controlled/living polymerization;
fabrication of doped microstructures by two-photon polymerization; rheology of
biomaterials; plant cell wall ...
Synthetic polymers fulfill many functions in biotechnology and medicine. In
cell culture technology and tissue engineering they provide the surfaces to
which cells may attach. Cross-linked polymer networks are used for drug
delivery and cell encapsulation. Polymer-based porous membranes can be used to
shield implanted cells from the immune system of the host, while allowing for the
exchange of nutrients and metabolic waste products thus keeping the cells alive
A thermodynamic model for heterogeneous mixtures involving multi-molecular sorption is proposed. Some complex relationships between sorption potential, diffusion, sorption kinetics polymer network change kinetics, chemical affinity energy of internal changes and physico- chemical properties of polymer network are obtained. This model has interpreted some experimental results of fluid sorption in polymer network. Proposed model may be also used for study of other problems in heterogeneous mixture of fluid and polymers.