chapter  Chapter 13
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Cooperative Molecular and Macroscopic Dynamics of Amorphous Polymers: a New Analytical View and Its Potential

WithJosé Joaquim C. Cruz Pinto, José Reinas S. André

This contribution addresses the cooperative nature of the molecular and macroscopic dynamics of amorphous-phase polymers as the result of truly many-body processes. A new theory of clustering of specifiable primitive relaxors is proposed and applied to predict materials’ responses as functions of temperature and experimental time scale, which appears able to quantitatively explain all features of the experimental behavior.