A polymer composed of molecules uniform with respect to relative molecular mass and constitution.
- A polymer comprising a mixture of @[email protected] and @[email protected], all of uniform @[email protected], is not uniform.
- A @[email protected] comprising linear molecules of uniform @[email protected] and uniform elemental composition but different sequential arrangements of the various types of @[email protected], is not uniform (e.g. a @[email protected] comprising molecules with a random arrangement as well as a @[email protected] arrangement of monomeric units).
- A polymer uniform with respect only to either @[email protected] or @[email protected] may be termed 'uniform', provided a suitable qualifier is used (e.g. 'a polymer uniform with respect to @[email protected]').
- The adjectives 'monodisperse' and 'polydisperse' are deeply rooted in the literature, despite the former being non-descriptive and self-contradictory. They are in common usage and it is recognized that they will continue to be used for some time; nevertheless, more satisfactory terms are clearly desirable. After an extensive search for possible replacements, the terms 'uniform' and 'non-uniform' have been selected and they are now the preferred adjectives.
PAC, 1996, 68, 2287. 'Glossary of basic terms in polymer science (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)' on page 2301 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199668122287)