condensation polymerization


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condensation polymerization

[‚kän·dən′sā·shən pə‚lim·ə·rə′zā·shən]
(organic chemistry)
The stepwise reaction between functional groups of reactants in which a high-molecular-weight polymer is formed only after a large number of steps, for example, the reaction of dicarboxylic acids with diamines to form a polyamide.
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Polyurethanes are typically synthesized via condensation polymerization of a di-isocyanate (typically MDI), a chain extender (typically butane diol), and a longer chain polyol (typically polyester or polyether).
Condensation polymerization was performed in the melt and under vacuum in a batch reactor.
Many of the engineering thermoplastics belong to a polymer family derived from step growth polymerization, and more specifically, from condensation polymerization.