Some Applications of Fluorimetry to Synthetic Polymer Studies

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Science  02 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4379, pp. 405-410
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4379.405


Fluorimetry, a powerful research tool in the study of biological macromolecules, has a number of valuable applications in investigations of synthetic polymers. These techniques reveal the microscopically heterogeneous distribution of species in polymer systems, which is specially pronounced in solutions of polyelectrolytes. They also allow us to study conformational mobility of flexible chains, diffusion-controlled intermolecular reactions of macromolecular reagents, glass transition phenomena, and polymer compatibility.