Because of the many important new developments in other branches of science, some scientists fail to recognize that the volume of polyolefins produced annually is greater than that of all metals. Hence, the American Chemical Society s"ponsored symposia on the History of Polyolefins at its national meeting at Miami Beach in the Spring of 1985 and a Macromolecular Secretariat on Advances in Polyolefins at its national meeting in Chicago in the fall of that year. The books on the proceedings of these landmark symposia and another book entitled "The Chain Straighteners" by Dr. F. M. McMillan will provide the scientist with background information which is essential for re- searchers in this important phase of polymer science. The presentations at these international symposia and the publica- tions of the reports presented, would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of our assistant editors and publisher. The list of contributors to ADVANCES IN POLYOLEFINS includes most of the leaders in this field, such as Dr. Mark, Mandelkern, Bruzzone, Hsieh, Kaneda, Chien, Tait, Karol, Kaminisky, Scott, Cook, Mirabella, Samuels, Kanamoto and Vigo.
These reports covered many phases of polyolefin science and technol- ogy, ranging from elastomers, single crystals, film and fibers to char- acterizations by modern instrumentation and many new innovations in catalysis which have brought about a revolution in polyolefin production.
History of Polyolefins.- Internal Polyolefins and a Few Highly Substituted Polyvinyls.- Estimating Poly(1-Alkene) Properties From Oligomer and Repeat Unit Dimensions.- Relations Between Molecular Structure - Morphological Structure and Properties of Polyethylenes.- Elastomers.- Living Polymerization of Isobutylene.- Thermoplastic Elastomers Based on Block Copolymers of Ethylene and Propylene.- New EP Elastomers.- Hydrogenated Star Block Copolymers of Butylstyrene - Isoprene and Divinylbenzene.- Stereospecific Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization.- Polyalpha-Olefin Catalysts.- Characterization of Chromium-Silica Catalysts.- Highly Active Chromium Catalysts for Ethylene Polymerization.- Polyolefin Catalysts Based on Titanium and Vanadium Chlorides.- Stereochemical Control in Ziegler-Natta Catalysts.- Particle Control of Supported Ziegler-Natta Catalysts.- Catalysts of Organic Polymer-Bound Pd and Rh Complexes.- Magnesium Chloride Supported Catalysts.- The Mechanism and Stability of Supported Ziegler Catalysts.- Alcohol-Modified Magnesium-Titanium Catalysts.- Polymerization of Olefins with Magnesium Chloride-Supported Catalysts.- Polymerization of Olefins with Magnesium Chloride-Supported Catalysts.- Polymerization of Propylene with Magnesium Chloride-Supported Catalysts.- Polymerization of 4-Methylpentene-1 with Magnesium-Chloride-Supported Catalysts.- Polymerization of Styrene versus Propylene with MgCl2-Supported Catalysts.- Linear Low Density Polyolefins.- New Catalysis and Process for Ethylene Polymerization.- New Catalysis for Polypropylene Polymerization.- Polymerization of Olefins with a Homogeneous Zirconium/Alumoxane Catalyst.- Crystallinity and Morphology of Ethylene/ ?-Olefin Copolymers.- Photoantioxidants in Polyolefins.- Characterization of Polyolefins.- 13C NMR Spectra of Polyolefins.- Ambient-Temperature and IR Laser-Induced Chemiluminescence from ?-Irradiated Polypropylene.- Characterization of Polyethylene in Film and Fiber.- Characterization of Highly Drawn Polypropylene Films.- A Study of Polyolefin Films and Yarns Under Corona Discharge.- Prediction of Failure of Polypropylene Films.- Ultra-High Modulus Polyolefins From Single Crystals.- Polypropylene Film.- Monitored Photooxidation of Polypropylene Nonwovens.- Role of Finishes in Polyolefin Fibers.- The Coloration of Polypropylene Fibers.- Dyeable Fibers From Blends of Polypropylene.- Polyolefins - What Next?.- Author Index.