Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Chemical Engineering


Professor A.E. Hamielec


This thesis has been written as three self-consistent parts. Part One reports on experimental and theoretical investigation of the kinetics of the bulk polymerization of vinyl chloride. Part Two found its origin in Part One and resulted from the need of unambiguous characterization of the polymer synthesized. Molecular aggregation can interfere with the interpretation of all classical methods of polymer characterization in addition to gel permeation chromatography. Part Three resulted from an independent study performed by the author to broaden his knowledge in the field of polymer science and engineering in the area of polymer rheology. The results of this study were very successful and made a significant contribution to polymer rheology and therefore are reported herein. Some details of these three Parts follow under separate headings.

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