Elements of Polymer Science & Engineering

An Introductory Text and Reference for Engineers and Chemists


  • Alfred Rudin, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Tremendous developments in the field of polymer science, its growing importance, and an increase in the number of polymer science courses in both physics and chemistry departments have led to the revision of the First Edition. This new edition addresses subjects as spectroscopy (NMR), dynamic light scattering, and other modern techniques unknown before the publication of the First Edition. The Second Edition focuses on both theory (physics and chemistry) and engineering applications which make it useful for chemistry, physics, and chemical engineering departments.
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Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering departments who are taking courses related to polymer science and engineering.


Book information

  • Published: September 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-601685-7


"The textbook has been a solid teaching text for introductory polymer science and engineering courses....It remains a very good textbook for many introductory concepts and is thought out and developed well for teaching purposes."
--Eli Pearce, Polytechnicnic University, Brooklyn, NY, POLYMER NEWS, Vol. 24, No. 10, 1999.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introductory Concepts and Definitions. Basic Principles of Polymer Molecular Weights. Practical Aspects of Molecular Weight Measurements. Effects of Polymers Isomerism and Conformational Change. Step-Growth Polymerization. Free Radical Polymerization. Copolymerization. Dispersion and Emulsion Polymerizations. Ionic and Coordinated Polymerizations .Polymer Reaction Engineering. Mechanical Properties of Polymer Solids and Liquids. Polymer Mixtures. Subject Index.