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Acrylamide Polymers

  1. Sun-Yi Huang,
  2. David W. Lipp,
  3. Raymond S. Farinato

Published Online: 22 OCT 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471440264.pst004

Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology

Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology

How to Cite

Huang, S.-Y., Lipp, D. W. and Farinato, R. S. 2001. Acrylamide Polymers. Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology. 1.

Author Information

  1. Cytec Industries Inc., Stamford, Connecticut

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 OCT 2001


This article presents an up-to-date, broad overview of acrylamide polymers covering their physics, chemistry, synthesis, and technology. Acrylamide polymers constitute a major segment of the global water-soluble polymers market. The physics and chemistry of acrylamide polymers and copolymers in both the solid and solution states are discussed. Chemical properties and synthetic methods for acrylamide polymerization, copolymerization, and polymer derivatization are thoroughly covered, as are commercial manufacturing processes. The principal applications of acrylamide polymers are discussed, and there is coverage of modern methods of polymer analysis as applied to these materials. Safety and economic issues are also considered.


  • dispersion polymerization;
  • micellar polymerization;
  • microemulsion polymerization;
  • Acrylamide polymers;
  • alumina recovery;
  • anionic copolymers;
  • associative thickeners;
  • Bayer process;
  • cationic copolymers;
  • dewatering;
  • enhanced oil recovery;
  • Hofmann reaction;
  • Mannich reaction;
  • mineral processing;
  • paper strengthening agents