polymers are synthesised by
quasiliving carbocationic, radical or ring-opening
polymerization, after which they are altered in a number
of ways via the incorporation of mid-chain and/or chain-end
functional groups, or sometimes through degradative techniques.
The polymers thus produced are used as the building blocks of
novel macromolecular structures (e.g.
conetworks), composites or copolymers of various structures.