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star macromolecule

Also contains definitions of: n-star macromolecule, regular star macromolecule, variegated star macromolecule

A macromolecule containing a single branch point from which linear chains (arms) emanate.
  1. A star macromolecule with n linear chains (arms) attached to the branch point is termed an n-star macromolecule, e.g. five-star macromolecule.
  2. If the arms of a star macromolecule are identical with respect to constitution and degree of polymerization, the macromolecule is termed a regular star macromolecule.
  3. If different arms of a star macromolecule are composed of different monomeric units, the macromolecule is termed a variegated star macromolecule.
PAC, 1996, 68, 2287 (Glossary of basic terms in polymer science (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)) on page 2296
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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